$500,000 for Wreck Point Walking Trails to Boost Bushfire Recovery

Livingstone Shire Council will benefit from a $500,000 bushfire recovery project 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.

This is one of 12 projects just announced by the Australian and Queensland governments, to support local economic recovery in parts of Queensland that were hit hard by the 2019-20 bushfires.

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said this project will be a great boost for the Capricorn Coast.

“The Capricorn Coast is a world-class tourist destination that we have the privilege of having right here in Central Queensland.

“A project like this will help to further cement it’s position as a prime destination for locals to enjoy and interstate travels to visit,” Ms Landry said.

“I want to thank Livingstone Shire Council for everything they have done for the community as it recovers after the bushfires in Bungundarra last year.”

The project is part of a joint investment of $36.8 million for locally-led bushfire recovery projects, announced in August by the Australian and Queensland governments.

The funding will support a range of projects in 13 local council areas determined by the Queensland Government that were most heavily impacted by last year’s bushfire season, including Livingstone Shire.

Queensland communities affected by the 2019-20 bushfires were encouraged to talk to their council about priorities for recovery, so local needs could be reflected in the projects councils put forward for funding.

Ms Landry said that these projects, which are in addition to the six Qld local economic recovery projects announced in October, are the next step towards recovery from the impacts of the Black Summer fires and the continued journey towards building a better future for their area.

“Recovery works best when governments throw their support behind local ideas and solutions, and that’s exactly what we’re doing through this local economic recovery funding,” Minister Littleproud said.

“All up, there’s $36.8 million from the Australian and Queensland governments for tangible, on the ground projects in fire affected regions, so there will be further projects announced soon.

“These grants are a sign of our strong confidence in these communities and their long-term futures.”

Funding for Local Economic Recovery projects is just one of the initiatives supported by the Australian Government’s National Bushfire Recovery Fund, which is worth more than $2 billion. To date, more than $1.8 billion in Australian Government support has been provided to help bushfire affected communities, including $1.2 billion spent so far from the National Bushfire Recovery Fund.

Details of successful local economic recovery projects in Qld – and across other states – are available on the National Bushfire Recovery Agency website at www.bushfirerecovery.gov.au/local-recovery-projects

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