2019/20 Budget - Works for Queensland funding helping to make a splash at Riverway

Date published: 25 June 2019

Townsville’s economy will receive a major boost with $24.5 million in funding for dozens of community infrastructure projects through the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland program.

Council will allocate Works for Queensland funding to help deliver some of the major parks and open spaces infrastructure projects in the 2019/20 Budget.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said one of the key projects funded by the program will be the $3.6 million Riverway Splash Water Park – which is expected to create 30 local jobs.

“The Riverway Splash Water Park is a great example of how Council is delivering the best experiences for families in our suburbs,” Cr Hill said.

“The concept design includes four new zones – the Billabong, The Shallows, Lily Pad Waterfall Forrest and Inquisitive Play Area which will cater for families with young children.

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Works for Queensland had a great track record of kickstarting jobs and investment in Townsville.

“The Palaszczuk Government will continue to work with Townsville City Council to deliver new infrastructure that supports employment in the local community,” he said.

Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper said the Riverway Splash Water Park will be a huge hit with locals.

"This is an amazing project and it will make the much-loved Riverway precinct even better," Mr Harper said.

"This is another great collaboration between the Queensland Government and the Townsville City Council.

"Works for Queensland is about delivering first-class community infrastructure right throughout our suburbs and the Riverway Splash Water Park is one of the best examples of the program working for the community."

Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Mark Molachino thanked the Queensland Government for their investment in improving Townsville’s community spaces.

“Works for Queensland is a great partnership between the State Government and Council to deliver world-class infrastructure projects that are building for our future while creating jobs for locals,” Cr Molachino said.

“Upgrading parks and open spaces throughout our community has been a major focus of this Council and I’m very proud to be part of a team delivering the Riverway Splash Water Park.”

Local Councillor Verena Coombe said construction is expected to start before the end of the year.

“I’m sure Townsville residents are excited that such an important community project is getting underway,” Cr Coombe said.

“Riverway is a much loved community asset and Council is making it even better so that many more families can enjoy the area.

“Council is committed to ensuring all residents have access to free, family friendly experiences and will continue to invest in first class facilities and infrastructure right across the City.”