Gympie will benefit from job opportunities and new assets from bikeways and footpaths to sport and recreation facilities through $4.19 million from the Palaszczuk Government’s $200 million COVID Works for Queensland program.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the funding would have an enormously positive impact on the regions, with up to 8000 jobs being supported or created across Queensland.
“The allocation of $4.19 million to Gympie Regional Council will see projects delivered that will have long-term economic benefits and increase liveability,” she said.
“I know Queenslanders are resilient, but our Government also recognises how difficult it has been for the regions with economic hardship and unemployment in the wake of this pandemic.
“COVID Works for Queensland funding will provide a huge lift for employment opportunities, local economies, and most importantly community spirit.”
Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said that in the past three years, the Works for Queensland program had been incredibly successful throughout regional Queensland, delivering more than 19,000 jobs and counting.
“Now every council, including Gympie, will be given a boost to deliver job-creating infrastructure and maintenance projects, he said.
“We have never had to deal with anything like the repercussions from this pandemic, which is why the Queensland Government has put together the $6 billion economic recovery strategy Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs, of which COVID Works for Queensland is an integral part for our councils and their communities.”
Gympie Regional Council Mayor Glen Hartwig welcomed the Palaszczuk Government support.
“It’s great to see councils receive a $200 million boost through the COVID Works for Queensland program,” Mayor Hartwig said.
“This will help Gympie Regional Council maintain it’s essential infrastructure and keep local people employed during these tough times.”