Works for Queensland to deliver more jobs for Mackay region

Published Wednesday, 02 June, 2021 at 12:51 PM

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
The Honourable Dr Steven Miles

Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday councils are set to see $15.42 million for projects that will create 210 jobs thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s signature Works for Queensland program.

A new pump track at Woodlands District Park, the redevelopment of Seaforth Esplanade, upgrading the facilities at Lions Lookout at Shute Harbour, and a new toddler’s pool in Moranbah are just some of the projects set to boost local employment under the latest round of the $1 billion Works for Queensland program.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles was in Mackay today with Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert announcing the successful projects.

Mr Miles said the projects will have a positive impact across regional Queensland.

“The enormously successful Works for Queensland program is designed to help our regional councils deliver infrastructure that will not only create jobs, but will also improve liveability in towns and cities outside the south east corner,” Mr Miles said.

“This latest round of $200 million is funding projects that tick those boxes right across our regions.

“The 65 regional councils are best placed to understand the specific needs of their communities, and we have listened to our councils.

“This round of Works for Queensland will help deliver 333 projects, which the councils estimate will create or support more than 3,600 jobs where they are needed most.

“This is part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.”

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the funding would support the regions economy and create jobs. 

“This is great news for Mackay and for our region’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mrs Gilbert said.

“So far 1,471 jobs have been created through the Works for Queensland projects across the region.

“This round of $15.42 million being invested across Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday council areas will support 210 local jobs.

“I congratulate the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday councils for putting forward some great projects that will make a real difference in these communities.”

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson said the State Government’s Works for Queensland program had been an excellent initiative for regional local governments.

“We’ve been able to complete a range of job-creating projects aimed at improving liveability for residents in the Mackay region through this funding program,’’ Mayor Williamson said.

“Works for Queensland helps deliver smaller but important projects that provide benefits for our community.’’

The Works for Queensland program supports regional councils to undertake job-creating maintenance and minor infrastructure projects such as parks and playgrounds, community and sports facilities, swimming pools and water play areas, renewable energy initiatives, footpaths, roads and water infrastructure.

The eligible councils have been allocated $800 million through the first four rounds of the program, with a further $200 million committed for 2024-27.

For more information visit Works for Queensland 


Funded projects include:

  • Whitsunday Regional Council – Lions Lookout and carpark upgrade at Shute Harbour, upgrades to the Bowen Water Treatment Plant, and a new walking track from Case Park to Barker Park
  • Isaac Regional Council – A new toddler’s pool at the Greg Cruickshank Aquatic Centre Water Park, and upgrades at the Dysart and Clermont Civic Centres
  • Mackay Regional Council - New facilities at Woodlands District Park, the redevelopment of Seaforth Esplanade, and roadworks throughout the region

Media contact:           Katharine Wright – 0428 957 903