The first round of projects under the $500 million Land Restoration Fund has been announced – including work tipped to create 400 jobs in Far North Queensland.
The initiative will deliver regional jobs, skills and infrastructure, reduced carbon emissions, healthier waterways and more habitat for threatened species, the State Government says.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said nearly $93 million in the first round would go to 21 projects across the state, creating almost 690 jobs.
“The Land Restoration Fund supports Traditional Owners, farmers, land managers and landowners to create jobs for Queenslanders, diversify income streams and restore our rich and varied landscape,” she said.
“This means jobs for ecologists, graziers, Indigenous Rangers, fire managers, foresters, tradies for things like fencing, irrigation and earthmoving as well as specialist skills like laser levelling, mapping and helicopter pilots.
“Delivering these projects will be vital to the state’s economic recovery.’
Ms Palaszczuk said more than $55 million would go towards seven projects in the Far North creating more than 400 jobs.
“One of the successful projects is the Kinrara Dry Tropics Regeneration Project at Kinrara Cattle Station at Mount Garnet, which will involve regenerating native forest to help to restore threatened ecosystems and protect wetlands,” she said.
“Other successful projects in the Far North include the Northern Aurukun Savanna Burning Project that will protect gallery forest and support Traditional Owners connection to country and the Dry Rainforest Restoration and Terrestrial Laser Scanning project which will see revegetation occur on three Far North Queensland properties.”