Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was in Mackay recently to announce biofuel fund
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was in Mackay recently to announce biofuel fund Patrick Woods

Biofuels industry will be instrumental to economic growth

BEFORE stepping into the Working Queensland Cabinet Committee in Mackay this afternoon, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk cited the redevelopment of the Mackay Showgrounds as a project she looked forward to hearing more about.

The cabinet meeting began a little after 2pm this afternoon at Mackay Council Chambers and aimed to identify projects to stimulate job creation in the Mackay region.

The Mackay Show Association came up with a $6.5m redevelopment plan that would create 86 jobs in the region, which had been tipped as exactly the type of "shovel-ready" project the premier would be looking for.

"I know one of (the projects that will be pitched) is the redevelopment of the showgrounds," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"Now we've actually brought forward our building our regions funding proposal that closes in April.

"So I'm quite sure if it's shovel ready we can get that money out the door."

She also said developing a new biofuels industry would be instrumental to economic growth.

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said she would be lobbying the premier for Showgrounds funding at the meeting.

"I'm confident there are different elements of their programs that will be successful out of today," she said.

Mackay Regional Council mayor Deirdre Comerford said she would push for activation of the Pioneer River precinct and an innovation hub.

The meeting was scheduled to close at 4pm.


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