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    Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    $3 million for East Cape communities to build new water infrastructure

    Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Thursday, March 08, 2018

    $3 million for East Cape communities to build new water infrastructure

    The first funding from a $120 million Palaszczuk Government program to improve the health and safety of indigenous communities is flowing to the Cape York councils of Hope Vale and Lockhart River.

    Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the councils had received initial payments for projects worth more than $3 million from the Indigenous Councils Critical Infrastructure Program.

    “This program is enabling the Hope Vale council to upgrade its water and wastewater operations and for Lockhart River to improve its water quality and security by upgrading bores and investigating installing a new one,” he said.

    “The end result is safer communities with healthier drinking water and up to date facilities to effectively handle solid waste.”

    Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said: “This funding is fantastic news for the Hope Vale and Lockhart River communities.

    “It will deliver these communities infrastructure to suit their specific needs and the training to support the infrastructure over the long-term. The Palaszczuk Government continues to deliver for the Cape, and this is another great example of our commitment to the region.”

    Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council Mayor Greg McLean said the projects are tailored to meet the needs of the community.

    “These projects are vital to ensure the community's health and wellbeing, as our water, waste water and solid waste facilities are all in need of upgrading,” Cr McLean said. “These upgrades will certainly help to make Hope Vale an even better place to live.”

    The Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to strengthen indigenous communities has been backed by $120 million over four years in the 2017-18 State Budget to improve water, waste water and solid waste infrastructure.

    The Indigenous Councils Critical Infrastructure Program delivers repairs and upgrades to critical water, wastewater and solid waste infrastructure for 16 Indigenous councils. For more information visit: https://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/iccip

    Media contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548