Regional Queensland’s economic recovery will shift up a gear thanks to a $200 million investment into 65 regional councils, part of the Palaszczuk Government’s hugely successful Works for Queensland program.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the allocations to each of the 65 regional councils would continue a program that local mayors have praised.
“We made a commitment to regional communities during the election that we would continue this fantastic program and we are living up to that commitment,” the Premier said.
“The $200 million fourth round of Works for Queensland means that councils outside the South East corner have now been allocated $800 million dollars from the program, helping to create local employment opportunities and improve liveability in regional Queensland.
“So far, more than 21,000 jobs have been created or supported in areas of the state where they are needed most.
“That is a fantastic result with the State delivering for local businesses, local tradies and most importantly, local families.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government Steven Miles said Works for Queensland has had a positive impact on communities throughout regional Queensland.
“This further funding will help councils deliver roads and pathways, parks and playgrounds, all while creating local jobs,” Mr Miles said.
“Previous rounds of Works for Queensland have delivered a diverse range of projects, from new netball courts and returfed football fields at the Fraser Coast Sports Precinct, to upgrades to Charles Maroney Park and Heatley Park in Townsville, and a new cycling and walking track near Lake Moondarra in Mount Isa.
“I encourage councils to put forward projects for consideration that are shovel ready and can start delivering jobs for locals right now.
“I’ve seen firsthand the impact some of these projects have had for their communities, I know that this fourth round will deliver even more.”
Local Government Association of Queensland President and Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said Works for Queensland stands as a powerful example of what can be achieved when both levels of government work together to create jobs and improve local communities.
“This program’s success comes from its targeted focus on funding projects that can be rolled out quickly to provide opportunities and improved facilities for local communities,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Councils have strongly supported the continuation of Works for Queensland and we welcome the release of this new round of the program at a time when job-creation has never been more important.
“We look forward to continuing to work with the Queensland Government to maintain this program into the future.”
Eligible projects range from roadworks to town beautification, parks and playground upgrades, renewable energy installations, tourism, water and safety.
Project submissions close on 9 April.