BMA funds to help affordability

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance has committed $5 million to affordable accommodation in Moranbah and Dysart as part of a $13 million community support funding package announced yesterday.

Two other landmark projects will be funded by BMA, with $5.5 million earmarked for the Regional Youth and Community Services Centre and $2.5 million for the Greg Cruickshank Aquatic Centre.

“We understand affordable accommodation is a significant issue for our local communities,” said BMA president Stephen Dumble.

“BMA’s community package of $13 million further underlines and strengthens our long-established commitment to our Bowen Basin communities.”

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Cedric Marshall welcomed the investment initiative, saying it addressed “key priorities identified by the Moranbah community”.

Money for the affordable housing project will be given to Isaac council to manage, subject to arrangements being agreed.

The new package is on top of the $14.2 million a year already provided by BMA to the Moranbah community through special rates and charges, infrastructure support and community partnership programs.

“Out community investment program, through these landmark projects, is aimed specifically at assisting the further development of the township and community service provision,” Mr Dumble said.

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