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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Jobs bonanza for Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac regions

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    Jobs bonanza for Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac regions

    $17.5 million will kick off more than 65 projects, supporting more than 500 jobs across the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac regions as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Works for Queensland program.

    An upgrade of Mackay’s historic Queens Park, improved family playgrounds and sporting facilities plus important roadworks are just some of the projects approved today.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that the response from councils to the program had been overwhelmingly positive.

    “This program has been wholeheartedly embraced by councils across Queensland because they know it will deliver jobs and infrastructure for their communities,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “The Works for Queensland program has cut red tape meaning we are able to get these projects moving right now and deliver benefits for the region faster.”

    Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said that the funding would deliver upgrades to important community facilities across the entire region.

    “This funding will be used on important local projects like a $745,000 upgrade of Queens Park in Mackay and an incredible $3.5 million in improvements for local roads,” Ms Gilbert said.

    “Most importantly, these projects will support 500 jobs across the region.”

    Member for Mirani Jim Pearce said that the program was great news for jobseekers in the region.

    “My number one priority is delivering jobs here in regional Queensland,” Mr Pearce said.

    “Not only will this program deliver some great infrastructure upgrades it also means a big boost for the job market across the entire region.” 

    Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson echoed the Premier’s sentiments, saying Works for Queensland will have an immediate impact for locals.

    “The funding being provided will allow Mackay Regional Council to introduce projects and will create investment and jobs in our region, and we’ll have them done this year,” Cr Williamson said.

    Mackay Regional Council’s projects for its $11.49 million allocation include:

    • $310,000 Roof upgrade for Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre
    • $200,000 River foreshore works for Platypus Beach, Mirani
    • $3.5 million for roadworks
    • $2.3 million for upgrading council amenities such as libraries and pools
    • $2.1 million for playground and park upgrades

    Whitsunday Regional Council’s projects for its $4.36 million allocation include:

    • $3.4 million for park upgrades in Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Proserpine, Collinsville and Bowen
    • $960,000 for solar power for council owned buildings in Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Proserpine, Collinsville and Bowen

    Isaac Regional Council’s projects for its $1.71 million allocation include:

    • Netball, tennis and basketball court upgrades in Dysart, Middletown, Middlemount, Nebo, St Lawrence and Clermont

    The $200 million Works for Queensland program serves double duty – supporting jobs and upgrading important regional infrastructure across the state.

    The Works for Queensland Program is part of the State Infrastructure Fund.

    For more information visit: www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/works-for-queensland

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