The Palaszczuk Government has welcomed local council support for its $400 million Works for Queensland program to deliver infrastructure projects and create jobs across regional Queensland.
On the eve of its annual conference, the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has lauded Works for Queensland as a “winner” in terms of boosting employment in regional Queensland.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Government’s $400 million investment in Works for Queensland was part of a suite of programs, including Building Our Regions, Skilling Queenslanders for Work and Back to Work, to create jobs.
The Premier, who will address the LGAQ conference in Gladstone this week, said Works for Queensland was a signature program and had contributed to the 115,400 new jobs created across Queensland since the 2015 election.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said Works for Queensland had created thousands of jobs for regional Queenslanders since it was introduced at the beginning of 2017.
“Since its inception at the beginning of the year, Works for Queensland has supported over 5000 jobs across regional Queensland,” Ms Trad said.
“We have worked closely alongside local councils and the LGAQ to make sure this is a program dedicated to creating and supporting jobs in the regions and it has done exactly that.
The 2017 Local Government Workforce Census found that there were more than 40,490 people employed by local councils, a 2.75 percent increase on the previous year.
“Wherever I go, communities and mayors have lauded Works for Queensland and I call on the LNP to finally vocalise their support for this job-creating program.”
Local Government Minister Mark Furner said he'd heard nothing but positive feedback about Works for Queensland from Mayors and Councils across the state, as well as the LGAQ.
"This program is a great example of our Government partnering with Councils to deliver jobs, training and infrastructure for Queensland communities," Mr Furner said.
"I've had the opportunity to see first-hand the benefits these projects are bringing to regional areas, in Councils from south-west Queensland right up to the Torres Strait.
"It is fantastic news that our funding for local Councils is leading to more jobs in regional Queensland, and these economies are bouncing back after funding was slashed under the LNP.
"We will continue to work together with Councils, and organisations such as the LGAQ, to give our communities the facilities they need and create more jobs."
Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Jackie Trad
Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Mark Furner