Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Jackie Trad has encouraged regional Queensland councils to apply for their share of $200 million worth of infrastructure funding.
Announcing the grants in Townsville last week, the Deputy Premier said that priority would be given to regional areas in need of an economic boost and would fund a wide variety of projects.
“The Palaszczuk Government is absolutely committed to creating jobs for Queenslanders and this innovative program will deliver on this commitment,” Ms Trad said.
“It will serve a double duty – supporting more than 600 jobs and upgrading important regional infrastructure across the state.
“Funds could go to a wide variety of projects like improving the condition of local roads or upgrading important community infrastructure like sports facilities and swimming pools.”
Ms Trad said that the grants had been designed in a way to provide the biggest boost to regions that need it most.
“Every member of the Palaszczuk Government is focused on job creation and this program has been fast tracked to benefit our regional communities, sooner,” Ms Trad said.
“The full $200 million has been allocated across 65 regional councils on the basis of population and local unemployment.
“We have been working closely with councils and the LGAQ since coming to government and we are confident that councils will be able to deliver important local projects for their communities.
“This will provide a boost to every regional community, town and city and I urge councils to identify projects which will rapidly create jobs.”
LGAQ acting chief executive Sarah Buckler praised the announcement, saying that local governments are a key regional employer and need to be part of any job creation program.
“The LGAQ and councils have long argued that the most successful job creation policies focus on grass roots projects that make a difference to communities across the state. Works for Queensland does that,’’ Ms Buckler said.
“This is a positive step by the State Government to bolster jobs growth in regional Queensland and will strengthen its relationship with Queensland councils in the spirit of the Partners in Government Agreement.”
Applications will close in February, with all approvals to be granted soon after. The projects are to be completed by the end of November, 2017.
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