MITEZ’s Remote Area Projects Submitted to DSDMIP
After the successful and on-time completion of the 2019-20 Hughenden Powerhouse Re-development and North West Queensland Bio-Mass Assessment RAB projects and investing considerable time and effort since the start of the year, MITEZ alongside members identified fifteen project concepts for the 2020-21 round of Remote Area Board Funding. In consultation with funding guidelines and facilitators Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDMIP) these were eventually narrowed down to three submitted for funding consideration.
North Queensland Cotton Gin Facility
This project will investigate the viability and best location for a cotton gin facility anywhere from Hughenden to Cloncurry or up into the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Currently there are 8,000 hectares of cotton growing in the north with plans for that to extend to 15,000 hectares next year (up to half irrigated) and up to 45,000 hectares in the next 2-3 years.
Overlanders Way Television Series
MITEZ has partnered with the Overlanders Way group and the MITEZ corridor Councils for the production of a script and business plan for a television series based on the book 'Friday Night Debrief' written by Kylie Asmus.
The aim of the series is promote the events, naturals wonders and adventure of the cities and towns along the Overlanders Way, targeting domestic tourism.
All Councils along the MITEZ corridor and the Overlanders Way Committee have committed to contribute financially to this project.
North West Queensland Rehabilitation and Training Facility
This study will investigate all factors that would influence the feasibility of a North West correctional facility; a facility leveraging off successful regional employment programs and the foreseeable cost savings and improved health outcomes of accommodating people within the region of origin.
Concepts would see the facility in the North West offer training programs in order to provide skilled workers for a variety of jobs in mining, road building, agriculture and local Governments.