The Bundaberg Region has been awarded $7.1 million for local construction projects through the State Government's $200 million COVID Works for Queensland program.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the funding would have an enormous impact on the regions and the State, with up to 8000 jobs being supported or created across Queensland.
“The allocation of $14.33 million to councils across the Bundaberg and Burnett regions will see projects delivered that will have long-term economic benefits and increase liveability in these communities,” she said.
“I know Queenslanders are resilient, but our Government also recognises how difficult it has been for these regions with economic hardship and unemployment in the wake of this pandemic.
“COVID Works for Queensland funding will provide a huge lift for employment opportunities, local economies, and most importantly community spirit.”
Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said that in the past three years, the Works for Queensland program had been incredibly successful throughout regional Queensland, delivering more than 19,000 jobs and counting.
“Now every council, including those in South-East Queensland, will be given a boost to deliver job-creating infrastructure and maintenance projects,” he said.
“We have never had to deal with anything like the repercussions from this pandemic, which is why the Queensland Government has put together the $6 billion economic recovery strategy Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs, of which COVID Works for Queensland is an integral part for our councils and their communities.”
Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey said he appreciated the Queensland Government's support.
“We welcome any extra funds for local government and appreciate the Queensland Government’s support,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“Councillors will meet next week to discuss potential projects.”
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