Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Major tourism and jobs boost for Dawson

Media Release

JM043/2018

12 March 2018

Joint release with:

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

  • Over 300 jobs created from Ozone Whitsundays Eco-Resort and Fauna Conservation Park project
  • $220 million initiative to stimulate job creation and investment in regional Australia
  • Coalition Government is investing $5.86 million in the $32.96 million project

The Whitsunday Region is set for a major, tourism, jobs and funding boost, with the Coalition Government announcing funding for the first successful project under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages.

Federal Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said George Christensen had been a tireless advocate for his region in Canberra and instrumental in driving the program forward.

“This initiative is part of the Coalition Government's commitment to stimulate jobs and drive economic growth in Australia's regions,” Dr McVeigh said.

“The Regional Jobs and Investment Package is about the Government working hand in hand with local businesses to deliver the real job opportunities our regional communities deserve. We are doing this by backing local businesses so they can invest more and employ more in their local communities.

“The Coalition is committed to strengthening regional Australia by delivering more and better paying jobs—this project alone will deliver over 300 jobs for the Whitsunday region.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said after fighting hard for his local community he was pleased to see projects continuing to roll out under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages.

“The Ozone Whitsundays Eco-Resort and Fauna Conservation Park will receive $5.86 million to construct a sustainable resort including 53 contemporary-style villas with boutique native fauna park, day attractions and activities,” Mr Christensen said.

“The project will provide economic, environmental and social benefits, creating sustainable jobs and career paths, and generating over 160 jobs during construction and more than 150 ongoing positions.

“This investment will provide yet another tourism draw card for the region, with the extensive grounds and facilities not only catering to those on holiday but the wider community for weddings, conferences, events and day spa visits.”