Union poster of coal giant BHP Billiton, which has offered millions in funding for Blackwater infrastructure.
Union poster of coal giant BHP Billiton, which has offered millions in funding for Blackwater infrastructure.

Blackwater benefits from funding

BMA has splashed the cash in Blackwater, pledging $4.5 million in community and social infrastructure.

The investment was described as “just one example of how BMA is working to build strong and more attractive communities in the Bowen Basin,” by the company’s asset president, Stephen Dumble.

A contribution of $2.2 million to the $5 million upgrade of the Blackwater Aquatic Centre was the most significant feature of the funding package.

Twenty-two places will be created with the expansion of the C&K Community Childcare Centre at a cost of $938,000, and $50,000 will go to the Tiny Tots Daycare Centre refurbishment.

BMA has also put $385,000 toward the All Abilities Park project, and $275,000 into a sport and recreation master plan.

“BMA has a long-established relationship with Blackwater and the community plays a critical role in supporting our business,” Mr Dumble said.

Central Highlands’ Deputy Mayor Paul Bell said he welcomed the funding boost for Blackwater.

The aquatic centre upgrade project includes a 25-metre heated and covered pool, a children’s pool and play area and a partial shade over the existing pool.

The final component of the BMA package was a $220,000 partnership with the Ghungalu Thoonieda Aboriginal Corporation for a two-year co-management plan for the Blackdown Tableland National Park.


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