Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry says the start of two major projects that would provide increased recreational and tourism benefits to Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast have moved a step closer following ministerial sign-off on funding arrangements.
Ms Landry promised during the federal election that the Turnbull- Joyce Government would provide:
$1.5 million for the first stage of the Pilbeam Walkway from the base to the top of Mt Archer.
$220,000 to help get repairs rolling on the badly eroded Putney Beach near Hideaway Resort.
“The Federal Minister for Regional Infrastructure Fiona Nash has signed off on the funding after a ‘value for money assessment’ on both projects ,” Ms Landry said. “The proponents now have 30 days to return the contract and the project can get rolling.”
Ms Landry said both projects would provide increased recreational and tourism benefits.
“In Rockhampton, the funding will kick start a major plan to make Mt Archer a significant recreation, health and sporting attraction for the city,” Ms Landry said.
The first stage of the Pilbeam Walkway forms part of a greater Activation Master Plan for the mountain.
“The path will be used by local residents walking for exercise, marathon trainers, extreme sports athletes, bike riders and tourists,” Ms Landry said.
“It aims to provide Rockhampton with a real tourist icon and the catch cry like: You haven't really done Rocky...until you've done Mt Archer, which will benefit the economy and businesses.”
Ms Landry said protecting beachfront on Great Keppel Island was also an important project for the tourism and recreational industry on the Capricorn Coast.
“The federal government is committing $220,000 to help get repairs rolling on the badly eroded Putney Beach near Hideaway Resort.
“Great Keppel Island has taken a battering from the weather in the past two years and much of Putney beachfront has fallen away causing tourism infrastructure to fall into the sea,” Ms Landry said.
“We are pledging these funds to help because the resort has made significant contribution to jobs and attracting visitors to the island.”