Coalition delivers for Bundaberg events

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

A re-elected Turnbull-Joyce Government will invest $5 million to ensure Stage Two of the Bundaberg Multiplex Project comes to fruition, after strong advocacy from Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce announced the commitment in Bundaberg today, alongside Assistant Minister Pitt.

“The Multiplex project is a good example of how new civic infrastructure can underpin local jobs while creating state-of-the-art recreational and community facilities for residents and visitors alike,” Minister Joyce said.

“The Coalition is focused on stimulating and sustaining economic growth in regional areas, getting more revenue flowing through local economies, and this project will do just that.

“It will involve construction of a civic hall, community function rooms and a commercial kitchen and cafe, which will provide the missing elements to attract community events, and business conferences to Bundaberg and surrounding communities.”

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash congratulated Minister Pitt for his advocacy for the project.

“Being from a country town in the Central West of NSW, I know the vital role civic facilities play as a social hub and community focal point in regional communities,” Minister Nash said.

Assistant Minister Pitt welcomed the announcement and underlined the importance of the project to the local community.

“Today’s funding announcement is great news for the Bundaberg region and will bring multiple economic benefits,” Assistant Minister Pitt said.

“Once completed, Stage Two of the Multiplex project will provide the facilities necessary to attract business conferences, community events and major sporting competitions to the region.

“Not only will this project create additional construction jobs, the flow-ons from hosting large-scale events in the region are increased tourist numbers, increased demand for accommodation and increased spending in local restaurants and shops.

“I’ve supported this project from the beginning and it’s wonderful to see it taking shape in the old Bundaberg Showgrounds.”