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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    $70M brought forward for regional infrastructure projects

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    $70M brought forward for regional infrastructure projects

    Councils will have access to the $70 million the Queensland Government's Building Our Regions sooner to help boost regional infrastructure and jobs, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said today.

    Speaking from Roma and inspecting the site of the Roma airport upgrade which was funded under round two of the $375 million program, the Premier said applications for round three of Building Our Regions would open on January 30 with funds allocated by mid-year.

    “Thriving regional communities are an important part of keeping our economy ticking over,” she said.

    “We’ve brought forward the opening of Round 3 of Building our Regions to generate more jobs and provide a boost to local economies.

    “I want to see councils across the state looking at their shovel-ready infrastructure projects and putting in their application for a share of this $70 million.

    “Originally. applications would have opened mid-year with allocations expected in 2018. By opening the funding round sooner and streamlining the approvals process, we’ll be able to get the money out the door sooner and support more jobs for regional Queenslanders sooner.”

    The Building our Regions infrastructure program has already allocated $150 million to 93 critical infrastructure projects, supporting almost 1300 jobs in regional communities across the state. The projects have jobs attracting a further $275 million investment from councils and other organisations.

    Ms Palaszczuk said construction on the Roma Airport upgrade was expected to start in May and support 16 jobs following a $2 million commitment from the Government last year and construction on flood mitigation work would begin within weeks.

    “All up, we’ve provided more than $5 million to Maranoa Council to support 41 construction jobs,” she said.  

    The Premier said councils would have four weeks from January 30 to submit expressions of interest, which will be due on 24 February.

    EOIs will be shortlisted and councils will then prepare detailed submissions for shortlisted projects.

    In addition to the $375 million Building Our Regions program, thePalaszczuk Government was unlocking jobs in rural and regional Queensland through a $1 billion investment in programs: 

    • $200 million Jobs and Regional Growth Package incorporating an additional $160 million in new funding on top of the existing $40 million Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Program;
    • $200 million Works for Queensland program to support local councils across the state undertaking job-creating, maintenance or minor infrastructure projects;
    • $180 million under the Significant Regional Infrastructure Projects Program under the State Infrastructure Fund; and
    • $100 million Back to Work package giving regional employers a $10,000 incentives to hire an unemployed person, or $15,000 for hiring some who has been long-term unemployed and looking for work for more than 12 months.  A $20,000 Back to Work Youth Boost is available until the end of February.