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    Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Works for Queensland supports 13,000 jobs, with extra $200 million up for grabs

    Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Wednesday, February 13, 2019

    Works for Queensland supports 13,000 jobs, with extra $200 million up for grabs

    Regional Queensland councils are being urged to apply for a share of $200 million in Works for Queensland funding to help build on the program’s hugely successful record of supporting more than 13,000 jobs. 

    Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said $100 million in Works for Queensland had been brought forward to the first half of 2019 to kick start even more projects and jobs in regional Queensland.

    “Works for Queensland has the runs on the board when it comes to jobs and infrastructure in regional Queensland,” he said.

    “This is a $600 million program that’s funding new parks, gardens, roads and other community facilities that are improving many regional towns and cities.
     
    “Whether it’s Townsville’s Heatley Park upgrade, improvements to the Maryborough CBD or the restoration of the Reception Room in Rockhampton’s City Hall – Works for Queensland is delivering terrific results.
     
    “In addition to delivering great new infrastructure, Works for Queensland is also boosting local economies and supporting jobs – more than 13,000 and counting.

    “We’ve fast-tracked $100 million in Works for Queensland funding because we want to see more jobs-generating projects getting underway even sooner.”
     
    The total Works for Queensland funding now tops $600 million across the three funding rounds.
     
    “The new year has begun and what better way to kick it off than with a new list of infrastructure and new jobs for the regions,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
     
    “The guidelines for funding are now available for all 65 regional councils and I urge them to submit their list of projects before the closing date in March.”
     
    The eligible community projects range from roadworks to town beautification, tourism projects, parks and playground upgrades as well as renewable energy initiatives.
     
    The project lists are expected to be approved shortly after with the infrastructure to be completed by June 2021. For more information visit: www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/works-for-queensland
     
    Media contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548