New pools and showers to help McKinlay Shire through drought
05 December 2017
Joint release with:
Senator Ian Macdonald
Senator for Queensland
- New toilets and showers and spa pools for visitors and locals in McKinlay Shire
- The projects were funded under the $35 million Drought Communities Program
- Coalition Government provided $1,276,862 to fully fund three projects
Julia Creek visitors and footy fans will now have access to better showers and toilets after the delivery of three local amenity upgrades in the remote community.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Coalition Government had put nearly $1.3 million into the projects at Julia Creek Caravan Park, Kev Bannah Oval and a new spa pool at the Artesian Hot Tub.
“This investment will see new showers and toilets available for local athletes and tourists, along with improved spa pools for all to enjoy,” Mr Chester said.
“These upgrades were funded by the Drought Communities Programme. The Coalition Government is investing $35 million to fund projects in drought-affected communities to help boost local jobs.”
“These three projects created a total of 62 jobs, this is a great outcome for the region.”
Northern based Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald said the Australian Government's almost $1.3 million investment would support the local tourism industry.
“Julia Creek sits above the Great Artesian Basin. The Artesian Hot tub project constructed a tub using the natural bore, which will give tourists and locals a new place to relax and recuperate,” Senator Macdonald said.
“The upgrades at Kev Bannah Oval included a new toilet and shower block, while the Julia Creek Caravan Park saw extensive upgrades, including five new drive-through caravan sites and a new toilet and shower block.”
The original toilet structure at Kev Bannah Oval was refurbished to allow for the incorporation of two team change rooms. The $202,497 upgrade was funded by the Queensland Government.