South East Queensland will see $100 million invested in 113 local projects that will create almost 1,455 jobs.
A new cycling clubhouse at Murarrie Recreation Reserve, construction of Moreton Bay Housing and Homelessness Services Hub, a new Disaster and Emergency Management Centre on the Gold Coast, and a new Logan Central Youth Centre are just some of the projects to be funded through the Queensland Government’s South East Queensland Community Stimulus Program (SEQCSP).
Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government Steven Miles said part of Queensland’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan, the projects would make a positive impact on communities.
“There’s no doubt these projects will produce enormous benefits by creating employment opportunities and improving liveability,” Mr Miles said.
“The councils tell us that they expect around 1,455 jobs will be created or supported through delivering these projects, which is a great result for local economies and local families.
“Investing in infrastructure that will improve communities and create local jobs is part of the government’s Economic Recovery Plan.”
Assistant Minister for Local Government Nikki Boyd said local councils were best placed to understand the specific needs of their communities.
“Last year, South East Queensland councils received $100 million in similar funding to help deliver 151 projects that would help with COVID recovery,” Ms Boy said.
“These projects have created or supported more than 2,500 jobs.
“The Palaszczuk Government has worked with local councils to ensure the best local projects are funded though this round, supporting another 1,455 jobs.
“We made a commitment to provide $200 million over six years to 12 councils through the South East Queensland Community Stimulus Program, and today’s announcement is the first $100 million being put to use for the people of SEQ.”
The SEQCSP aims to create and sustain jobs across SEQ by assisting councils to fast-track investment in new infrastructure and community assets.
The 12 councils eligible to receive funding through SEQCSP are Brisbane City Council, Gold Coast City Council, Ipswich City Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Noosa Shire Council, Redland City Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, Sunshine Coast Regional Council and Toowoomba Regional Council.