Mayor Williamson sets out his budget wishlist

October 24, 2022 7:34 am in by

Shovel-ready projects have come out on top of what the Mackay Mayor wants to see prioritised in the federal budget.

The Government will release its figures tomorrow night and Greg Williamson hopes the Sugar City will get its fair share.

He says flood protection and mitigation is a key focus.

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“We had a promise of course from Anthony Albanese himself whilst he was here of some funding for the levee bank system in the Pioneer River so we would be looking to see that complete,” he says.

“We’ve got $28 million worth of levees we need to build now in South Mackay and in the Pioneer River areas.

“Those river levees and the South Mackay levee are about protecting Mackay from storm surge.”

The Mayor adds funding is also needed for the Mackay waterfront project, Northern Beaches Community Hub, Mirani Heritage Precinct, Sarina CBD revitalisation and the mountain bike trail.

The future of Urannah Dam is also on the agenda.

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The former government allocated $480 million earlier this year, but concerns have been raised about whether the Albanese Government will do the same.

Mayor Williamson says if the project falls through it would be “devastating” for the future of the region.

“It was all about water. Water security is very, very important for us,” he says.

“Water that will be pumped back into the mining sector but water also to the agricultural sector. So it’s a very, very important piece of infrastructure.”