An artist's impression of the proposed Norman St Bridge.
An artist's impression of the proposed Norman St Bridge. Contributed

Funding needed for projects

IPSWICH City Council has four future big ticket projects that will require an injection of funds from the Federal and State Government.

The State Labor Government will hand down its first budget today but the majority of funding for the projects listed in Mayor Paul Pisasale's budget speech must come from the Federal Government.

Cr Pisasale said council needed funding for:

  • The Ipswich Motorsport Precinct Masterplan - $53 million.
  • $300,000 for the detailed design stage of a new $90 million Ipswich Performing Arts Centre (IPAC).
  • The Norman St Bridge - now in the business case stage
  • The Ipswich Motorway upgrade between Darra and Rocklea

Blair MP Shayne Neumann said federal funding would be crucial in getting all those projects done.

"Regrettably the Abbott Government cut the $345,000 funding I secured for the hard stand at Willowbank but I am hoping the Abbott Government will see sense and award funding," Mr Neumann said.

"The Winternationals and V8s are a big economic driver in Ipswich.

"Funding for the precinct should partly come from the stronger regions fund that is under the department of infrastructure, and I'll be supporting the council in that project."

Mr Neumann said the Norman St Bridge, to which council has allocated $250,000 to commence the development of a preliminary business case, was "a nation building" type project.

"They (the feds) do those projects every four years," he said.

"We haven't got the Norman St Bridge in the mix yet in the forward estimates with this government but it is one of the projects that is being supported by the South East Queensland Council of Mayors."

Mr Neumann secured $3.3 million to upgrade the civic centre, for Studio 188 and some designs for a new IPAC.

He said an IPAC would require a major commitment from the Federal Government despite council seeking $300,000 from the State for a business case.

"The IPAC project would have to come out of an election commitment from a future federal government or opposition, or in part through a stronger regions or nation building project," he said.

"But this ($90 million) is a massive amount of money, way in excess of what could be obtained from stronger regions funding

Mr Neumann said a greater commitment was needed from the Federal Government on funding for the Darra to Rocklea stretch of the Ipswich Motorway, and the co-operation of the State Government in what will be a joint-funded project.


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