Minjerribah panorama coastal walk, fibre network expansion and Southern Moreton Bay Islands green seal project funded by $50 million Unite and Recover community stimulus package

VISIT: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk with head of QYAC Cameron Costello at Dunwich in December last year. Photos: Stacey Whitlock
VISIT: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk with head of QYAC Cameron Costello at Dunwich in December last year. Photos: Stacey Whitlock

DELIVERING $2.5 million for the green sealing of roads on Russell and Macleay Islands, a new boardwalk near Frenchmans Beach on North Stradbroke Island and expanding the fibre network are the local projects to be funded with the Queensland Government's $50 million Unite and Recover community stimulus package.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said 1500 jobs would be supported or created with the funding going to 12 south-east Queensland councils for 63 projects.

"Across Redland City, three projects are receiving $4.5 million which Redland City Council estimates will create or support 68 local jobs. It is a really great outcome for our city," she said.

The projects include a Minjerribah panorama coastal walk stage one; construction of a coastal walk including paths between Snapper Street and Frenchman's Beach. The funding is $1 million and estimated to create or support more than 9 jobs.

New fibre network connecting critical council infrastructure and depots to assist with communications and provide disaster management. This is estimated to create or support 34 jobs and cost $1 million.

The Southern Moreton Bay Islands green seal project will see the state contribution of $2.5 million to seal 8.3km of roads on Russell and Macleay Islands. This is estimated to create or support more than 9 jobs.

"This package builds on the $50 million allocated to the 12 SEQ councils through the COVID Works for Queensland program to make $100 million worth of job-creating projects aimed at helping the region unite and recover from the impacts of the global pandemic," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Redlands MP Kim Richards said the green seal project would provide much needed support to the council to deliver on their commitment to complete green sealing of their roads.

"There is no doubt it has been a difficult time for everyone, so it is wonderful to see the $2.5 million for green sealing of SMBI roads announced that will make a real difference to this community right now," Ms Richards said.

Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe said the positive effects would be felt almost immediately.

"The Unite and Recover community stimulus package will help our councils build new and upgraded infrastructure and give their communities' economies a boost," he said.

"This program is allowing the councils to fast-track new infrastructure and community assets, and in doing so, helping to get the communities back on their feet faster."

  • The councils eligible for Unite and Recover community stimulus package funding are Brisbane City, Gold Coast City, Ipswich City, Lockyer Valley Regional, Logan City, Moreton Bay Regional, Noosa Shire, Redland City, Scenic Rim Regional, Somerset Regional, Sunshine Coast Regional and Toowoomba Regional Councils.