Regional Queensland is set to receive a huge boost in its attempts to bounce back from the coronavirus crisis after its state government announced plans to invest $365 million into rural infrastructure.
As part of the ‘Building our Regions’ (BoR) program, the plans aim to fuel economic recovery by creating 350 construction jobs in remote areas of Queensland with 48 new council projects backed by Premier Palaszcuk’s government.
Along with the $200 million being given to councils as part of the Works for Queensland program, the Premier said the BoR would be vital as part of the post-COVID recovery and is an investment for the future of the state.
“This funding couldn’t come at a better time for our state, and especially our regions,” Palaszcuk said.
“These projects will support around 350 construction jobs in townships from the Torres Strait to the border of New South Wales, which will help local workers and their families.
Kate Jones, Minister for State Development, Tourism and Innovation said: “This program will create hundreds of jobs during construction.
“The threat of COVID-19 can’t stop Queensland moving forward. After some dark days we’re getting on with building a brighter tomorrow for our state,” she said.
This is the fifth phase of BoR, with Round 5 focusing on construction and planning projects that will provide long term employment in regional Queensland.
This work has supported almost 2,500 jobs and attracted additional investment of $487 million from councils and other organisations.