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Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Page: 8636

Mackay, Bowen and Airlie Beach Projects

(Question No. 1052)


Mr Christensen asked the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, in writing, on 31 May 2012:

In respect of (a) the Bowen foreshore water park; (b) the Mackay basketball stadium; (c) the Mackay junior football grounds upgrade; and (d) the Airlie Beach main street upgrade, (i) has his department completed the value for money assessments, and will these be made public, (ii) has he approved the release of funding and had the funding agreements executed, (iii) what are the delivery timeframes, and (iv) can he give an assurance that the completion date will be before the next election.


Mr Crean: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Based on project information as at 11 July 2012:

(a) Bowen Foreshore Water park:

(i) The project assessment has been completed. Assessments are not publicly released.

(ii) The release of funding for the project has yet to be approved. A funding agreement has not been executed.

(iii) Based on the project information provided by the proponent, construction commenced in April 2012 and is expected to be completed in July 2012.

(iv) Whitsunday Regional Council has indicated that the project is expected to be complete in July 2012.

(b) Mackay Basketball Stadium:

(i) The assessment for Stage 1 has been completed. Stage 2 will be assessed following the completion of Stage 1 which is expected by 31 July 2012. Assessments are not publicly released.

(ii) Funding has been approved for Stage 1 and the funding agreement has been executed. Stage 2 approval and funding agreement execution will be subject to the assessment for Stage 2 which is expected to be completed by 31 August 2012.

(iii) Based on the information provided by the proponent, Stage 1 has commenced and is expected to be completed by 31 July 2012.

(iv) Mackay Basketball Incorporated has indicated that Stage 1 is expected to be complete by 31 July 2012.

(c) Mackay Junior Football:

(i) No. The proponent has not provided sufficient information on the project for an assessment to be completed. The proponent has advised it can provide the required information by September 2012. Assessments are not publicly released.

(ii) These actions are taken after projects have been assessed and approved.

(iii) Timeframes for delivery of the project will be established when project information has been provided by the proponent.

(iv) Project completion will be subject to proponent delivery timeframes.

(d) Airlie Beach:

(i) The project assessment has been completed. Assessments are not publicly released.

(ii) Funding has been approved and a funding agreement is being negotiated with the Whitsunday Regional Council.

(iii) Based on the project information provided by the proponent construction commenced in February 2012 and is expected to be completed by

April 2013.

(iv) Whitsunday Regional Council has indicated that the project is expected to be completed in April 2013.