$17 million for Yeppoon, Rockhampton key projects
THE news was so good Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig gave Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry a hug, and a big thumbs up.
Cr Ludwig had every reason to be excited with $10million to go towards stages four and five of the Yeppoon foreshore redevelopment.
"The waterfront project is going ahead - we are opening stage three with carols this Sunday and it's absolutely outstanding," Cr Ludwig said.
"This $10million means we will deliver a world-class foreshore development for our region.
"It was our turn - we've got it thanks to great champions and thanks to great support.
"Best Christmas present our region could ever have hoped for."
Rockhampton also got good news out of the funding announcements, with $7million going towards the revamp and upgrade of the Rockhampton riverbank.
Mayor Margaret Strelow said the two results were "extraordinary".
"We certainly deserve it - I'm not going to pretend we don't deserve it," Cr Strelow said.
"This extra $7million just means that we can finish (the riverbank) to a higher standard."
Ms Landry said with more than 500 applications received by the government and only 104 approvals, having just under $20million for the one region was "fantastic".
"I think that here in Capricornia we have received the most federal funding out of all of the electorates," she said.
Cr Ludwig said multi-storey car parks would be coming "out of the ground" in March, with the roll through to take two years.