THE QUEENSLAND Government will build a gas pipeline spur from the Wide Bay pipeline through to the Port of Bundaberg in a move it says will bring new investment to the city.
The pipeline, which the government estimated would cost $11 million to build, will stretch 24.7 kilometres and create around 100 new full-time jobs and 600 indirect jobs, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said.
“This pipeline will encourage new businesses and industries to locate in the Bundaberg region and allow existing businesses to expand,” he said.
“It will provide a reliable and essential energy supply for industrial parks and residential developments along its route and feed into local business confidence.”
“We look forward to working with the Bundaberg Regional Council to ensure this critical piece of infrastructure meets local needs,” he said.
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said the new infrastructure would provide a much – needed boost to a community hard hit by floods in 2013.
“The people of this region have spent the past 18 months rebuilding their homes, businesses and local infrastructure,” Mr Bennett said.
“It means more jobs for locals and more opportunities for local businesses to grow.”
The Queensland Government, through Economic Development Queensland, will fund the Bundaberg Gas Pipeline and be responsible for the competitive procurement process.