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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Government pumps $5M more into infrastructure scheme

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    Government pumps $5M more into infrastructure scheme

    The State’s most remote local governments will have access to an extra $5 million for much-needed critical infrastructure projects to support jobs and economic development.

    Premier Annastascia Palaszczuk today announced 31 remote and Indigenous councils would be able to apply next month for a one-off special round of the Palaszczuk Government’s $375 million Building our Regions infrastructure program.

    “This is about listening and responding to the needs of our most remote and Indigenous councils,” she told Parliament today.

    “Not only are we making extra funds available to these councils and their communities, we are also halving the minimum amount they can apply for to help kickstart smaller projects.”

    State Development Minister and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said the eligible councils were small, with lower rate bases, and many had been affected by the long-running drought.

    “These councils needed an extra hand,” he said.

    “By lowering the funding threshold from $100,000 to $50,000, councils will now able to apply for projects previously deemed too small.

    “As well, we’ll be investing another $500,000 towards building capacity within these remote and Indigenous councils.

    “Leading up to applications opening we will be working with council staff to help them to identify suitable projects and demonstrate how these meet community need and support economic development locally.”

    Applications for the extra round will open on 17 October 2016.

    Funding for this round is part of the $15 million savings from previous programs.

    Dr Lynham said projects funded under Round One of Building our Regions were progressing well.

    “One of the 42 projects funded under Round 1 is completed, another 20 are underway and all will be underway by the end of this month – supporting jobs and economic development in regional Queensland,” he said.

    Councils interested in submitting an EOI should visit statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/buildingourregions.

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