Mayor pushes Livingstone projects to start construction

LIVINGSTONE Mayor Bill Ludwig has called for two major Capricorn Coast billion-dollar developments to get a move on to the construction phase.

In yesterday's Livingstone council meeting, Cr Ludwig presented a mayoral minute to identify the need for Livingstone's two signature developments, the Iwasaki Sangyo Company and GKI Revitalisation (Tower Holdings), to keep the council updated on the progress of the projects.

Cr Ludwig said both developments were critical for the region's economic future.

"The Federal Government's stated objectives in both their recently adopted budget and the recently released northern Australia white paper is to boost tourism and provide infrastructure to create investment opportunities that will generate jobs and grow the region's population base," Cr Ludwig said.

"In the tourism sector, the Capricorn Coast has two major projects that will make a huge contribution to achieving the outcomes that this region and northern Australia need to generate jobs and grow our economy."

Cr Ludwig spoke with The Morning Bulletin in more detail after the meeting about the importance of the two $1.2 billion projects getting started sooner rather than later.

"Collectively both of these projects going ahead is going to be a huge boost to the economy and a huge game-changer for the region," he said.

"While we have been in contact with them over a period of time in view of the budget and focusing on stimulating tourism and growth, this is a critical time for us to do whatever we can to get these projects up and running.

"We're in full swing with recovery plans after Cyclone Marcia so we need to sit down with these developers and find out how we can best facilitate them.

"The Iwasaki development put out its first blueprint 18 months ago and have come back with a scaled-back model of the master plan. We've also been informed GKI, although they wanted a boutique licence, are getting on with work over there so it's time to get them off the drawing board and into construction."

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