Budget Delivers for Local Jobs and Local Communities

Published Tuesday, 13 June, 2017 at 06:30 PM

Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Mark Furner

The Palaszczuk Government’s 2017-18 Budget will assist local Councils to continue to build vital community infrastructure and support jobs in regional Queensland.

Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Mark Furner said the Budget was an investment in Local Government, jobs and region building infrastructure.

“Wherever Queenslanders live in our big state we want to make sure everybody has access to a reliable supply of clean, fresh water and the safe, efficient disposal of waste,” Mr Furner said.

“That’s why the Palaszczuk Government is investing $120 million over four-years in modern water and waste infrastructure improvements with Queensland’s Indigenous councils.

“It’s a targeted program, following a review of water and waste infrastructure assets, to deliver better health and job outcomes in remote Indigenous communities as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to Closing the Gap on disadvantage.

“Indigenous Councils and their communities will also benefit with the State Government Financial Aid Program increasing by $3.37 million to more than $33.7 million in 2017-18.

“The program will be indexed in future Budgets to help Indigenous Councils plan for their workforce requirements, and is in addition to the $3.525 million Revenue Replacement Program which continues in 2017-18.” 

Mr Furner said the Palaszczuk Government would honour its commitment to help small Councils to install fluoride infrastructure for local water supplies with $5 million over two-years.

“I am determined to make sure the upfront cost of infrastructure isn’t a barrier to smaller and Indigenous Councils adding fluoride to their water, if their communities choose to do so,” Mr Furner said.

“Around Queensland, local Mayors have been very vocal in their support for the Palaszczuk Government’s Works for Queensland program, and I know Mayors and their communities will welcome the additional jobs the second round will generate.

“We’re also continuing to back Councils to support local jobs and build liveable communities in regional Queensland with almost $29 million for community infrastructure works delivered through the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.

“Last year alone, the Palaszczuk Government’s Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program supported hundreds of local jobs in regional Queensland where they’re needed most.

“The Palaszczuk Government also recognises the economic and social importance of agricultural shows to regional towns and in 2017-18 we’ll be making $2 million available in the Budget to ensure local show societies remain an integral part of local communities.”

Major projects with continued funding in the 2017-18 Budget include:

  • Major Infrastructure Program (Stage 6) for Torres Strait communities- $15 million over four-years ($3.75 million in 2017-18)
  • Cherbourg Wastewater Infrastructure Upgrade –almost$15 million ($11.389 million in 2017-18)
  • Pormpuraaw Water Infrastructure - $2.4 million ($2.2 million in 2017-18)
  • Palm Island Wastewater Infrastructure Upgrade – $5.476 million ($2.536 million in 2017-18)
  • Townsville CBD Footpath Upgrade – $1.8 million ($865,356 in 2017-18)
  • Cairns Lake Street CBD Car Park Refurbishment – $2.94 million ($2.658 million in 2017-18)
  • Expansion of the Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre, Karumba – more than $2.46 million ($1.076 million in 2017-18)

“This is a Budget that builds capacity for Local Government to support jobs, infrastructure and vibrant local communities,” Mr Furner said.

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