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

    $70 million Local Jobs Boost

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

    Friday, September 09, 2016

    $70 million Local Jobs Boost

    Queensland councils will be in a stronger position to deliver priority infrastructure and better protect their communities from natural disasters following the release of more than $70 million in State Government funding.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said the package consists of $50 million of fast tracked local government grants and $20 million to get emerging local infrastructure projects investment ready.

    “This $70 million will allow us to get local projects built faster by cutting red tape and streamlining the application process,” Ms Trad said.

    “The grants will assist local councils with the cost of constructing and upgrading essential community infrastructure and be vital in the creation of jobs in areas with the greatest need.

    “It will also provide councils with funding to deliver disaster mitigation infrastructure and reduce their community’s vulnerability to natural disasters.

    “At the same time, our $20 million Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program kicks off to target the infrastructure projects needed to support economic growth.

    “Through this program, the Palaszczuk Government will assist councils with project evaluations and attracting private sector investment so that we can get local infrastructure projects off the ground faster.

    “This is all about helping councils to identify and deliver vital infrastructure now and into the future.”

    The $50 million grants package includes the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program, Community Resilience Fund and Natural Disaster Resilience Program. Other eligible organisations including not for profits can also apply for the Natural Disaster Relief Fund.

    All three funding programs offer up to 60 per cent of the total eligible cost of council projects, and councils will need to deliver the projects within twelve months of grant approval.

    A new assessment approach will see a shorter turnaround between councils submitting their expressions of interest to the approval stage. This will mean economic activity will be fast tracked.

    The $20 million Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program is part of the $2 billion State Infrastructure Fund which adds to the Government’s capacity to plan and build the infrastructure needed to support economic growth and liveability into the future.

    For further information visit http://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/local-government/grants/current-programs.html and http://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/infrastructure/state-infrastructure-fund.html

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