Construction to start on the North Shore Evacuation Centre

Media Release


16 February 2015

Joint release with:

Ewen Jones

Federal Member for Herbert

The Australian Government is delivering on its election commitments to the electorate of Herbert with the first sod turned on the North Shore Evacuation Centre today.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and Federal Member for Herbert Ewen Jones were in Townsville today to mark the start of construction and announce that the Australian Government would provide $5 million towards the centre.

Mr Jones said the North Shore Evacuation Centre would deliver the community a new multi-use community and sporting centre designed to function as an evacuation centre in the event of an emergency.

“The centre can offer safe haven for up to 249 people during cyclones or other emergency events reducing the risk of potential harm to our community,” Mr Jones said.

“Up to 126 jobs will be created during construction of this project, with three ongoing jobs created to operate the facility.

“The centre will be a great boost to Townsville's economy with local jobs created.”

Mr Briggs said this project was another example of the Australian Government's commitment to building productive infrastructure for communities across Australia.

“We are getting on with the job of delivering $313.9 million towards almost 300 community projects across Australia,” Mr Briggs said.

The programme is administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development which undertakes a value with relevant money assessment of each project against the programme guidelines to ensure the efficient, effective, ethical, and economical use with relevant money.

Unlike the previous Labor Government, the Coalition delivers on its election commitments.