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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Jackie Trad
    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    $13.42 million to fix disaster damage around Mackay

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Monday, May 21, 2018

    $13.42 million to fix disaster damage around Mackay

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced $13.42 million to fix disaster damage around Mackay.

    The money will be spent at Lambert’s Beach, St Helens Beach, Midge Point Beach and for the Mackay Bluewater Trail and Queens Park.

    $4.562 million is being provided to determine best long-term solutions to help prevent erosion prior to sand replenishment at Midge Point and Lambert last Beach and the construction of new rock groynes on St Helen’s Beach.

    $8.8 million will go towards revitalising the Bluewater Trail and Queen’s Park.

    The premier said while the Mackay region received disaster relief payments after Cyclone Debbie, damage to beaches falls outside the funding guidelines.

    "We recognise revitalising Mackay’s beaches is a priority project for the council that will give value back to the community, boost tourism and help preserve the stunning environment of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park," the Premier said.

    State development minister Cameron Dick, who also has responsibility for the reconstruction authority, said Cyclone Debbie had a devastating effect on the community.

    "We are helping to put this right," the minister said.

    He said it is a good example of what can happen when the government governs from the regions.

    Treasurer Jackie Trad said it showed the close relationship between the government and regional councils.

    "The mayor raised it with the premier in the afternoon. The money was announced tonight," the deputy premier said.

    Media contact: Shane Doherty 0439 624 473