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

    $70m regional infrastructure grants getting closer

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

    Friday, February 17, 2017

    $70m regional infrastructure grants getting closer

    There’s only one week left for councils to submit expressions of interest (EOIs) for funding under Round 3 of the Palaszczuk Government’s $375 million Building our Regions program.

    Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham said regional councils have until next Friday 24 February to put forward their shovel-ready infrastructure projects to be considered for a share in the $70 million available this round.

    “Supporting communities in regional Queensland is a priority for the Palaszczuk Government, and our Building our Regions program is already delivering 93 projects and supporting almost 1300 jobs across the state,” Dr Lynham said.

    “That is why we’ve brought this round forward by six months, to continue to support local jobs, grow local economies and return royalties to these regional areas for vital community infrastructure projects.

    “I encourage councils to take advantage of this to start sooner on projects they have ready to go that will boost jobs and liveability in their local communities.

    “Round 3 is open to all councils eligible under the Remote and Indigenous Communities Fund, Regional Capital Fund and Royalties for Resource Producing Communities Fund.

    “For the best chance of being shortlisted, councils can use the EOI checklist to ensure they have included all the necessary information in their applications.”

    Once EOIs close they will be reviewed by an independent panel, and a shortlist announced in March. Councils with shortlisted projects will then by invited to prepare detailed submissions.

    Successful projects will be announced mid-year of 2017.                                                           

    During its first two rounds Building our Regions has allocated $150 million to 93 critical infrastructure projects, supporting almost 1300 jobs in Queensland’s regional communities. These projects are attracting a further $275 million investment from councils and other organisations.

    More information on Building our Regions is available here.  

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    Date:                           17 February 2017

    Media contact:           Benjamin Mulcahy 0419 562 389