The Gladstone community will see more jobs, increased liveability and a stronger local economy with the approval of more than $1 million ($1.044M) towards a priority infrastructure project.
The works will involve upgrading footpaths around the Civic Precinct in the CBD, made possible through the Queensland Government’s more than $58.5 million 2019-21 Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program (LGGSP).
Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe congratulated the Gladstone Regional Council on its successful project.
“I applaud the council and its initiative in recognising the need for these works as well as securing the funding to help deliver them,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“This Government has committed to creating employment opportunities and this project will do just that.”
Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said the funding for the project would provide a lift for the entire region.
“Upgrading or building new infrastructure has an immediate positive impact on the liveability of a town or city,” Mr Butcher said.
“This can have fantastic spinoffs such as creating jobs, retaining and growing a population base and generating business confidence to invest locally.
“I’m thrilled funding has been approved for the footpath renewal in the CBD which will benefit the region.”
Gladstone Regional Council Mayor Matt Burnett welcomed the funding.
“The program is all about supporting the community and this funding means priority infrastructure projects will be delivered faster,” Mayor Burnett said.
“It is a great example of the Queensland Government and Local Councils working together for the community.”
The $58.56 million 2019-21 Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program is designed to provide funding assistance to support Local Governments to deliver priority infrastructure and essential services that meet the identified needs of their communities.
The Local Government and Grants and Subsidies Program projects must be completed by 30 June 2021.