Regional Deal potential projects identified


Bundaberg Regional Council has identified potential projects to be funded under a Regional Deal with the Queensland and Australian Governments.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said the projects focus on revitalising the Bundaberg CBD and riverside, enhancing liveability, improving infrastructure, expanding skills and developing industry capability.

“Council’s vision is to build Australia’s best regional community,” Mayor Dempsey said.

“Unfortunately, our region suffers the nation’s highest level of recorded unemployment.

“Addressing this issue will only be achieved through new approaches that unlock our region’s untapped potential.

“This potential exists within our people, industries, infrastructure, natural environment and town centres.

Bundaberg Port is being discussed as part of the Hinkler Regional Deal.
The Port of Bundaberg has been identified for a potential upgrade as part of the Hinkler Regional Deal.

“Enhancing the liveability, productivity and resilience of our region through strategic investments in this potential will ensure our region sees an end to the decades-long problem of unemployment and disadvantage.”

Mayor Dempsey said he’s excited about a Regional Deal for Hinkler and the opportunity to work closely with state and federal counterparts.

“Council looks forward to discussing, developing and advancing these projects over the coming weeks and months,” he said.

Mayor Dempsey said there’s a long list of potential projects, with some of those including:

  • Revitalising Bundaberg CBD and Burnett Riverside
  • New regional aquatic centre
  • Quay Street diversion and demaining
  • Bundaberg civic and cultural arts precinct
  • New relocated level 5 hospital
  • High-speed regional fibre network
  • Challenger Learning Centre
  • Initiatives to promote agriculture, defence, tourism and skills development.