Oct 20, 2020

Major Labor plunge on local council projects

Major Labor plunge on local council projects

Queensland Labor has committed to pump $880 million into projects in partnership with local councils to support up to 17,800 jobs.

The election commitment includes a $400 million investment in Works for Queensland, a $200 million South East Queensland Community Stimulus Package as well as another $280 million for the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme.

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 $200 million SEQ Community Stimulus Package will provide two rounds of funding to each of the 12 SEQ councils.

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the funding would 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 means to deliver local projects that may never have happened.”

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,” Mr Bailey said.

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