More good news for Queenslanders this morning as the state government has announced a $200 million cash boost for shovel-ready ready projects across regional Queensland.
As part of the COVID Works for Queensland program, local governments are set to receive funding to deliver projects that will have long-lasting economic benefits as well as creating thousands of jobs.
While Queenslanders are resilient, it has certainly been a difficult time for everyone and this program will provide a huge lift for employment opportunities, local economies, and most importantly community spirit.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
The announcement includes $150 million of funding for regional councils, $45 million to be shared between several South-East Queensland councils and $5 million for Brisbane City Council.
From Birdsville to Cooktown to Gympie, no town or city has been immune.Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe
COVID Works for Queensland has been designed to help councils recover after these testing times, with up to 8000 extra jobs supported or created across the State.
The scheme comes as part of the state government’s $6 billion ‘Unite and recover for Queensland Jobs’ strategy which aims to help the state bounce back from the financial turmoil caused by the pandemic.
Regional Development Minister Glenn Butcher said the regional and remote Works for Queensland program had been incredibly successful.
This new funding will give every council a further boost to deliver job-creating infrastructure and maintenance projects.Regional Development Minister Glenn Butcher
“Communities stand to benefit from new assets such as libraries, bikeways and footpaths, caravan parks, sport and recreation facilities and critical water, sewer and waste management infrastructure,” he said.
The good news comes days after an easing of restrictions aimed at encouraging statewide travel was announced by the Queensland Government.
Despite the annual celebrations not going ahead this year, Premier Palaszczuk has encouraged Queenslanders to get creative on Queensland Day as a way of saying thank you for the state’s efforts during these testing times.
We want people to make signs, dress up or decorate their homes in maroon, post on social media or send messages of thanks.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk