Dec 12, 2018

Works for Queensland funds fast-tracked

Works for Queensland funds fast-tracked

The Palaszczuk Government has brought forward $100 million in Works for Queensland funding.

Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad announced the early release as part of the Queensland Government’s Mid-Year Fiscal and Economic Review.

“The State Budget allocated $200 million to a third round of Works for Queensland in 2019-21 but we see the time is right to bring forward $100 million to keep councils building and to keep growing jobs,”Ms Trad said.

Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe said the program was very popular with local councils.

“I am delighted we are able to announce the first-half funding allocations for 65 regional councils, setting their communities up with an early Christmas present,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

The types of community projects range from roadworks to town beautification, tourism projects, parks and playground upgrades as well as renewable energy initiatives.

Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive Greg Hallam said the key to the success of the Works for Queensland program was that it put local councils at the centre of decision-making in terms of how and where the funds would be invested.

Allocations are based on location, population and unemployment rates.

Councils are to submit their list of projects by March/April 2019 with the infrastructure to be completed by June 2021.

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