Charters Towers to see Improved Water Supply

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Outlying Charters Towers residents will have better water pressure thanks to funding from Round 4 of the State Government’s Royalties for the Regions program.

Charters Towers Regional Council will receive over $530,000 to install new distribution mains that will improve the low pressure problems to existing residents.

Mayor Frank Beveridge said this water infrastructure project would enable the town of Charters Towers to grow in the future.

“There are a number of things Council is doing to upgrade the water system in Charters Towers,” Cr Beveridge said.

“Part of that plan is upgrading water pressure to the areas outside the central business district and the other is improving the water filtration.

“Charters Towers has been expanding for a number of years. In the outlying areas, water pressure has been a problem for 20-plus years.

“This funding will go a fair way to not only fixing the existing pressure problems, but ensure our region can grow as well.”

The State Government this week announced over $530,000 in funding from Round 4 of the Royalties for the Regions program.

LNP candidate for Dalrymple, Liz Schmidt said the funding for Charters Towers would deliver a better, more secure water supply for local residents.

“Over the past three years the Royalties for the Regions program has made strong inroads into reversing Labor’s neglect of rural and regional Queenslanders,” Mrs Schmidt said.

“Labor had no plan to look after Queensland’s regions and they still don’t.

“For 20 years, residents living on the outskirts of Charters Towers have had poor water pressure.

“Now thanks to the Newman LNP Government’s funding and over $530,000 from Charters Towers Regional Council, new distribution mains will be installed to improve the low pressure problems to existing residents and better prepare the region for future growth.

“The project will also encourage the attraction of new industries and unlock potential new rural/residential land developments.

“Our party understands regional Queensland is the engine room of our State economy and the LNP Government has already provided $495 million through the four rounds of Royalties for the Regions.

“If re-elected on 31 January, we will continue to build on and improve infrastructure in the regions which is the backbone of its growth and success.

“If elected, I will make strong representations to ensure the people of Dalrymple receive their fair share of this important funding for critical infrastructure,” Mrs Schmidt said.