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    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Fast-tracked financial boost to deliver vital community infrastructure

    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Friday, October 21, 2016

    Fast-tracked financial boost to deliver vital community infrastructure

    Queensland councils will be in a stronger position to deliver priority infrastructure and programs to protect their communities from natural disasters with fast tracked grants from the Palaszczuk Government.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said 49 projects will be fast tracked for 33 councils.

    “This funding will have an immediate impact, getting jobs and projects going in local communities faster,” Ms Trad said.

    “We have assessed council applications right across the state and fast-tracked these projects in just four weeks.

    “This is a result of the work already undertaken by councils to ensure these projects stack up and are ready for funding.

    “The grants will provide councils with the support they need to deliver vital community infrastructure and reduce their community’s vulnerability to natural disasters.

    “Projects range from water and sewerage infrastructure, community safety projects, recreation and tourism facilities, infrastructure to support economic development and disaster mitigating infrastructure.”

    The new streamlined approach for applicants has reduced the administrative burden and ensured a shorter turnaround between submitting expressions of interest to being granted approval. Each project will receive up to $150,000 in State Government funding.

    The funding is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $50 million grants package which includes the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program, Community Resilience Fund and Natural Disaster Resilience Program.

    The Federal Government contributes to the Natural Disaster Relief Fund and other eligible organisations including not for profits can also apply.

    All three funding programs offer up to 60 per cent of the total eligible cost of council projects, up from 40 per cent in 2015-16. Councils will need to deliver the projects within twelve months of grant approval.

    For more information: http://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/grants-and-subsidies

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