The Cairns business community is looking for a boost from $3 billion in infrastructure investment that is scheduled for Cairns and the surrounding region. The Queensland Government-compiled list of infrastructure projects is dominated by Queensland and Commonwealth Government projects:
While the lacklustre Cairns regional economy appears to be on Government life support, there is at least one exciting private sector development, a $550 million wind farm.
The Cairns Post reports:
The list is topped by the $550 million Mt Emerald wind farm near Mareeba, as well as the ongoing $455 million Cairns Base Hospital redevelopment and the $443 million Lotus Glen Correctional Centre extension.
It consists of $1.7 billion in State Government works, including schools, roads, health, housing, corrective services, police and emergency services.
More than $61.2 million in local government works include the Sugarworld redevelopment, the Innisfail sewerage treatment plant and Innisfail’s new Jubilee Bridge.