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Funding For Bushfire Projects To Drive Social and Economic Recovery

Bushfire recovery in Capricornia will get a $495,000 boost, as part of $10.7 million in bushfire recovery projects announced today by the Australian and Queensland governments.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the fourth and final round of Local Economic Recovery projects was announced today by the Australian and Queensland Governments, under a joint investment of $36.8 million to support recovery in Queensland communities hit hard by the 2019-20 bushfires.

The 21 projects funded across Queensland include an exciting project in Capricornia.

“In our area, $495,000 will go to Livingstone Shire Council for the Stoney Creek Road Upgrade in Byfield National Park,” Ms Landry said.

“This project will upgrade Stoney Creek Road, a key national park and state forest access road. The work will ensure reliable and safe access for visitors to Byfield State Forest, and support growth of tourism. It will also improve emergency access and support the ongoing viability and safety of the local area.

“This boost to our local area is great to see, and I can’t wait to see the work moving and the benefits flowing.”

Today’s announcement builds on two more Local Economic Recovery projects in Capricornia supported through earlier funding rounds. This includes $2,000,000 to design and construct a four-megalitre concrete potable water supply reservoir and associated infrastructure in Livingstone Shire Council and $500,000 to enhance the pathway connection from Cooee Bay Beach to Wreck Point and Lammermoor Beach, including stairways, rest areas, boardwalk, a memorial bench seat and beach access.

Australian Minister for Emergency Management, David Littleproud said today’s announcement brings the total number of projects approved under the LER Program in Queensland to 48 across the 13 local council areas.

“The devastating effects of the fires have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, so I am pleased this LER funding is rolling out to help communities, local economies and natural areas recover,” Minister Littleproud said.

“It is inspiring to see the resilience of our Queensland communities as they drive their own recovery, and I’m pleased to see this government funding support those efforts with a wide range of priority projects.”

For more information on the Local Economic Recovery program in Queensland visit www.qra.qld.gov.au/LER

For information on Local Economic Recovery projects funded in Queensland – and across Australia – visit www.bushfirerecovery.gov.au/local-recovery-projects

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