THE Burnett region has had 78 projects totalling $7.01 million in funding approved by the state government as part of the $200 million Works for Queensland program.
South Burnett Regional Council will deliver 38 projects with its $4.26 million allocation, including; $1 million for road upgrades at Silverleaf Rd and Crumpton Drive (Blackbutt), $130,000 to upgrade the Kingaroy Town Hall laneway, $380,000 toward footpath works for Ivy Street (Kingaroy), Fitzroy Street and King Street (Nanango), Coulson Street (Blackbutt) and Scott Street (Wondai), and $60,000 to upgrade Boondooma Tourist Park drainage.
North Burnett Regional Council will deliver 25 projects with its $1.58 million allocation, including; $360,000 for the Monto CBD revitalisation, $210,000 for Mundubbera Hall air conditioning upgrades, and $100,000 for upgrades to the Biggenden pool grounds.
Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council will deliver 15 projects with its $1.17 million allocation, including; $150,000 for football ground grandstand renovations and LED lighting installation, and $150,000 for replacement of failed and leaking hydrants and pipelines in the town water supply network.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the initiative was part of a $1 billion investment in dedicated programs to create jobs and deliver infrastructure outside the State's south-east.
"My Government knows the importance of regional Queensland to the prosperity of our state. By working with local councils, we can improve infrastructure and amenities fo regional Queensland and create jobs in these communities for locals,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Jackie Trad said the response to the program had been overwhelmingly positive with 723 projects approved across Queensland.
"This program has been wholeheartedly embraced by councils across Queensland because they know it will deliver jobs and infrastructure for their communities,” Ms Trad said.
"Most importantly, these projects will deliver a jobs bonanza supporting almost 6,000 jobs in regional Queensland.”
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Glenn Butcher said that the program was delivering important community infrastructure.
"We're delivering projects that will make our great regional communities even better places for people to live, work and raise their families,” Mr Butcher 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.”
The Works for Queensland Program is part of the State Infrastructure Fund.
For more information visit: www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/works-for-queensland
Source: South Burnett Times
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