New shower units being installed at the Birdsville Caravan Park
Council: Diamantina Shire Council
Fund: Remote Communities Infrastructure Fund
Category: Economic Development Infrastructure
The number of visitors flocking to Birdsville for the annual races, the Big Red Run or an Outback holiday is expected to rise following upgrades to the caravan park, including new cabins, showers, toilets, camp kitchen and powered campsites.
Total project cost
* Average number of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs supported by project construction (based on Queensland Treasury's Guidelines for estimating FTE jobs directly supported by the capital works program).
Up to 10,000 extra tourists a year will be able to stay longer, boosting sales at the pub, bakery, service station and other businesses, both in town and in centres en-route.
Greater visitor numbers will also benefit the community groups that raise funds through catering to support activities such as school excursions to the snow and buying equipment for the health clinic.
The expansion will support an ongoing cleaning job.
Extra showers and toilets will reduce queues during peak times such as the races, and reduce the use of portaloos.
The extra camp kitchen will be enclosed to keep out insects.
Cabins will have building code compliance for access for people with disabilities.
A more reliable power supply will reduce the number of brownouts and enhance the overall enjoyment level of visitors.
With all buildings connected to the reticulated sewerage network, liquid waste will be treated to appropriate environmental standards.
Upgrade of the Ergon power supply and main switchboard to ensure a reliable power supply for an additional 10,000 visitors per year
Three shower blocks (16 showers) and one toilet block
Four cabins (each sleeps four)
Camp kitchen (100 m2)
Connections to water, power and sewer reticulation.