Massive $880m investment backs local jobs in projects across Queensland

October 20, 2020

A re-elected Palaszczuk Government will support up to 17,800 jobs across the state through partnership with local councils as part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan.

The job-creating commitment includes a $600 million investment in Works for Queensland and an South East Queensland Community Stimulus Package as well as another $280 million for the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Works for Queensland had made important local infrastructure projects possible while supporting thousands of jobs.

It would now play a vital role in Queensland’s $11 billion plan for economic recovery from COVID-19, the Premier said.

“Queensland’s Economic Recovery is only possible because of our strong health response,” the Premier said.

“I know that Councils across Queensland have welcomed every single Works for Queensland round in the past.

“I know the massive impact this program has on supporting jobs in regional Queensland.

“As a Government we have always backed local governments like we have through the global COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters like fires, floods, or cyclones.

“We have stood shoulder to shoulder with our local governments to create jobs right across the state and we’re not going to stop now.”

Transport and Mains Road Minister Mark Bailey said a re-elected Palaszczuk Government would continue to deliver local jobs through the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme.

“This is $280 million over four years to ensure local transport projects and local jobs are supported for local councils and their communities,” Minister Bailey said.

The Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme supports infrastructure projects across Queensland through a 50:50 split between State and Local Government.

Under the $400 million Works for Queensland commitment, 65 regional councils will each receive two rounds of $1 million with the remainder of funds allocated based on population and unemployment levels over the next six years.

The funding will support up to 11,800 jobs across regional Queensland and in many cases will make the difference on whether vital local infrastructure projects can go ahead.

The $200 million SEQ Community Stimulus Package will provide two rounds of funding to each of the 12 SEQ councils. The program is expected to support up to 6000 jobs.

Minister for Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs Stirling Hinchliffe said the funding will deliver community infrastructure such as footpaths, kerb and channel works, roads, shade structures, playgrounds, community and sport facilities, halls, swimming pools and waterplay areas.

"These funds will support the kick-start of council projects from Woombye to Weipa – Calliope to Camooweal,” Mr Hinchcliffe said.

“Works for Queensland has been welcomed by councils across Queensland as a mean to deliver local projects that may never have happened.

“It’s clear that only a Palaszczuk Labor Government takes Local Government seriously.

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re in Bouldercombe or Barcaldine – local projects deliver local jobs and local benefit.”

Mr Hinchliffe said Deb Frecklington and the LNP had recklessly locked themselves into a surplus in just four years.

“That means they will need to cut and Works for Queensland was one of the programs on their cuts list at the 2017 election.”