The Palaszczuk Government has reinforced its commitment to creating jobs and improving the liveability of communities on the Fraser Coast with the approval of a grant of almost $1.55 million for a local infrastructure project.
The Pialba Youth Precinct project will be funded through the $60 million Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program (LGGSP).
Local Government Minister Mark Furner said the project will create an estimated 21 full-time equivalent jobs.
“The delivery of this project will generate employment and boost economic activity for local communities, which is a major priority for the Palaszczuk Government,” Mr Furner said.
Mr Furner said following feedback from Councils around the state, the way the LGGSP is administered has been changed.
“This year, we have given councils two financial years to deliver projects and this has allowed councils to apply for projects which will truly have an enduring impact in their communities,” Mr Furner said.
“It has also enabled councils to plan their workforces ahead of time, to create local jobs and give the local economy a shot in the arm.”
Mr Furner said the funding would be a boost for the entire community.
“This program is vital for the region and is another example of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to working with councils for the good of all Queenslanders,” Mr Furner said.
“Investing in infrastructure is a very practical way to generate confidence in a community making it a better place to live, work and operate a business.”
The Fraser Coast region will benefit from the Pialba Youth Precinct as it continues delivery of Hervey Bay Esplanade Tourist Precinct Master Plan.
The $2.63 million project will include upgrading the skate park and basketball facilities, additional sports furniture, enhanced stage area for major and minor regional events and an additional 100 parking spaces to cater for the upgraded facilities and to provide flow-over parking for major events.
The $60 million Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program follows the implementation of the Palaszczuk Government’s $400 million Works for Queensland funding to regional councils.
The Local Government and Grants and Subsidies Program projects must be completed by 30 June 2019.
For more information: www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/lggsp
Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Mark Furner