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Project pipeline taps into local jobs and growth

The Queensland Government Infrastructure Pipeline is delivering jobs and infrastructure to the Bundaberg Region.

The region is set to benefit from a $52.2 billion infrastructure pipeline which includes plans for a new agriculture and horticulture centre.

Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith said the plans were part of the government's aim to deliver important infrastructure projects to support jobs through the Queensland Government Infrastructure Pipeline.

“In 2021-22, $14.7 billion is being invested, with more than 60 per cent being spent outside Greater Brisbane,” Mr Smith said.

“This is expected to directly support around 46,500 jobs – nearly 30,000 of these in the regions.

“Projects including a new Agriculture and Horticulture Centre in Bundaberg will not only create construction jobs, but once complete, support jobs in training and education.”

The initiative features 53 projects across the whole of the Wide Bay and Burnett to stimulate job creation and further grow the economy.

Deputy Premier and Infrastructure Minister Steven Miles said the Queensland Government Infrastructure Pipeline included more than 1000 projects in delivery and planning across Queensland.

“The $52.2 billion four-year capital program will continue to be the cornerstone of our economic recovery plan and deliver on our $50 billion Infrastructure Guarantee,” Mr Miles said.

“In 2021-22, $14.7 billion is being invested, with more than 60 per cent being spent outside Greater Brisbane.

“This is expected to directly support around 46,500 jobs – nearly 30,000 of these in the regions.

“Last financial year, we delivered 93 per cent of our capital program budget.

“In dollar terms, this is one of the best performances over the last decade and a notable achievement given the disruption caused by COVID-19.”

Mr Miles said QGIP brings together the current capital program and adds a planning pipeline that details proposals that are in the planning stage and still subject to further consideration.

“Providing early visibility of potential future infrastructure projects, in addition to the delivery pipeline of funded increases industry confidence in Queensland as a place to invest,” he said.

“We are leveraging more investment in Queensland and driving jobs growth as part of our economic recovery.”

Queenslanders are also being encouraged to have their say on the draft 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy (SIS) now open for consultation.

The draft strategy sets out the Queensland Government’s approach to connecting regions and creating liveable communities with essential services and infrastructure.

Comment can be provided online with consultation opening on today (9 September) and set to close on 7 October 2021.

To view the QGIP click here.

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