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Media Statement - Jobs, $30M infrastructure flow to Downs & South West

Friday, July 07, 2017

This state was release by the Queensland Cabinet and Ministerial Directory Friday, July 07, 201. Find the original article here.

Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines

The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

Friday, July 07, 2017

Jobs, $30M infrastructure flow to Downs & South West

More than $30 million in critical projects, 90 jobs and a dinosaur museum, will start flowing by later this year on the Downs and South West thanks to Palaszczuk Government infrastructure funds.

In Toowoomba to announce funding today for better links to the Railway Parklands, State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the State Government was providing $15.2 million to local councils to partner on projects from Eromanga to Chinchilla.

The high-profile item in the south-west is a new state-of-the-art, multi-storey museum at Eromanga to house one of Australia’s richest most significant dinosaur and megafauna collections.

“The fossil and natural heritage collection at Eromanga is already an outstanding educational and tourist drawcard,” Dr Lynham said.

“This investment, with council, will give Cooper, Australia’s largest dinosaur, and his friends a fitting home, and generate jobs and business opportunities.”

Dr Lynham said $2.4 million from the Palaszczuk Government, and $600,000 from the Quilpie Shire Council would provide a multi-storey complex, replacing the former museum in a work shop building.

“Infrastructure projects like this spark jobs growth and flow-on business opportunities, keeping regional Queensland’s local economies ticking over and its communities strong,” he said.

“Reinvesting royalties in this latest round of our $375 million Building our Regions program will generate almost 440 jobs across 65 projects from Eromanga to Horn Island.

In addition to the project at Eromanga, the new south-west projects announced today are:


  • shared pedestrian and cycle pathways linking the Railway Parklands with Queen’s Park and the CBD and a reservoir to ensure long-term water supply around Wellcamp, ($2.99 million from the State Government $3.28 million from Toowoomba Regional Council.)
  • at Roma, a major upgrade to the saleyards, with a dining/function area, new bull sales arena and extra parking, as well as sewer upgrades and new water mains in town ($4.5 million each from State Government and Maranoa Regional Council.)
  • at Charleville, a new planetarium to attract tourists and replacing ageing pipes to improve water supply ($710,438 from the State Government; $120,319 from Murweh Shire Council.
  • new bores to secure water supply at Eulo, Wyandra and Yowah, and pipe replacement and a monitoring system to make the sewerage network more reliable in Cunnamulla ($1.69 million from the State Government; $156,386 from Paroo Shire Council.) The Eulo Water Security Project will also receive $96,731 from the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.
  • a botanical garden and entertainment precinct to attract tourists to Chinchilla ($2.85 million from the State Government; $3.17 million from Western Downs Regional Council.)


“South West Queensland towns from Thargomindah to Pittsworth have benefited from almost $31.9 million already, with 13 of these projects are already complete or underway.

“These include flood mitigation, water supply, economic development, recreation and airport upgrades.”

The program has already allocated $156.7 million to 109 critical infrastructure projects across the state, generating more than 1300 jobs and attracting more than $277 million investment from councils and other organisations.

For more information on Building our Regions visit:

Media contact: Jan Martin 0439 341 314


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between megafauna fossils and dinosaur fossils?

Dinosaurs are reptiles that went extinct 64 million years ago. They grew to gigantic sizes.  They lived in a time when Australia was a very different place to what it is today, and part of the ancient landmass called Gondwana. The Eromanga dinosaurs are estimated to be 95-98 million years old and lived during the late Cretaceous.

Megafauna are the group of animals that evolved after the dinosaurs died.  They were very large marsupials, reptiles and flightless birds and went extinct about 20,000 years ago.  Some of their descendants still exist today in much smaller forms such as kangaroos, wombats, komodo dragons and crocodiles.  The Eulo megafauna lived during Pleistocene approximately 50,000 to 100,000 years ago. 

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