Regional Queensland will get an early Christmas present with $100 million of funding for the job-creating Works for Queensland program fast tracked.
Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad announced the boost to the program as part of the Queensland Government’s Mid-Year Fiscal and Economic Review.
“This program has been an incredible success for regional Queensland building important local infrastructure and supporting more than 12,500 jobs so far,” Ms Trad said.
“The State Budget allocated $200 million to a third round of Works for Queensland in 2019-21 but the time is right to bring forward $100 million to keep councils building and to keep growing jobs.
“From Gympie to the Cape to our Western councils, the Palaszczuk Government is supporting Works for Queensland, a program the LNP wanted to cut.”
Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe said the program was very popular with local councils.
“Regional Queensland loves this program as it brings local people into local jobs to build community infrastructure, but it also brings a liveability boost with towns looking brighter and better, with great parks and playgrounds, spruced up streetscapes and improved roads,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“I am delighted we are able to announce the first-half funding allocations for 65 regional councils, setting their communities up with an early Christmas present.”
Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive Greg Hallam said the key to the success of the Works for Queensland program was that it put local councils at the centre of decision-making in terms of how and where the funds would be invested.
“Works for Queensland is all about partnering with local government to create local jobs and leverage local knowhow to deliver to communities the infrastructure they use every day,” he said.
“The regional networks, the local intelligence, the sheer geographic reach when it comes to service delivery - these are the qualities that only councils have.”
“In fact, we believe the successful formula underpinning Works for Queensland should serve as an example to the Federal Government as to how to invest in local infrastructure projects.”
The types of community projects range from roadworks to town beautification, tourism projects, parks and playground upgrades as well as renewable energy initiatives.
Allocations are based on location, population and unemployment rates.
Councils are to submit their list of projects by March 2019 with the infrastructure to be completed by June 2021.
For more information visit: www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/works-for-queensland
The allocations include:
•Far North Queensland - $32 million
•North Queensland - $17.9 million
•Central Queensland - $11.3 million
•Wide Bay-Burnett - $20.2 million
•Mackay-Whitsundays - $7.6 million
Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Jackie Trad
Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe