Expressions of interest are open for round five of Queensland’s Building our Regions (BoR) program, with $70 million available to support local government infrastructure projects in regional communities.
State Development and Infrastructure Minister Cameron Dick said regional Queensland councils will have until 30 August to submit expressions of interest for shovel-ready projects.
“Regional infrastructure development means more Queensland jobs, and more jobs means a stronger Queensland,” Mr. Dick said.
“That’s why our government committed another $70 million towards BoR in the 2019-20 state budget, because we want to create more employment opportunities for Queenslanders in our rural and remote towns.”
Through BoR, the Queensland Government has invested $295 million towards 223 infrastructure projects across the state.
“This has supported more than 2400 jobs, while attracting additional investment of $487 million from councils and other organisations,” Mr. Dick said.
Infrastructure construction on the Toowoomba Trade Gateway was completed with funding from rounds one and two of the program.
“We’ve made significant investment in Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, and this $16.7 million upgrade to the Toowoomba Trade Gateway, supported by more than $7.3 million from BoR,” Mr. Dick said.
“These major infrastructure projects have solidified Toowoomba’s place as one of Queensland’s leading transport, logistics and industrial hubs.”
Mr. Dick said upgrades to roads, improvements to stormwater management and the extension of existing utilities networks have significantly increased transport accessibility to Toowoomba Trade Gateway’s northern precinct.
“The completion of these upgrades highlights the importance of regional connectivity, with the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing officially opening next month to meet transport demands for the region’s growing population,” Mr. Dick said.
“The state government is proud to inject funding to stimulate growth and support this thriving part of our state.”