IN the run-up to the federal election, to be held on Saturday, the National Party announced the Coalition government would provide $25 million towards the development of a new intermodal and industrial precinct 20 kilometres from Emerald, Queensland.

The funding will support the proposed Yamala Enterprise Area (YEA) precinct.

The funding is to go towards the provision of a reliable pipeline supply of non-potable water from the Nogoa River to the YEA.


Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said: “The vision of a Central Queensland Inland Port to service a new industrial and intermodal area such as the YEA is exactly the kind of enterprise that a Coalition government will back.”

Liberal Nationals candidate for Flynn Colin Boyce welcomed the funding commitment for the YEA, saying it would turbocharge the entire Central Queensland region.

“The produce from the Central Highlands helps feed and clothe our nation and the world. Getting water to the YEA is an integral part of growing the productivity and development of the wider region and getting even more of our world-class produce to national and international consumers,” Mr Boyce said.

According to the Central Highlands Regional Council, the YEA covers a total area of 2000 hectares