Queensland councils awarded $58.5 million in infrastructure grants

Queensland communities will see more jobs, increased liveability and stronger local economies following a $58.5 million allocation from the state government.

Grants were awarded to 81 local priority infrastructure projects in 59 councils across the state.

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe congratulated councils for securing funding, to help deliver the 2019-21 Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program (LGGSP).

“A hinterland adventure playground in Cooroy, a community hub in Mareeba, improved water supply security in Home Hill, Hughenden and Bedourie and resealing the airport runway at Thargomindah are just some of the projects being funded,” Mr. Hinchliffe said.

“This is another sign of the state government’s commitment to jobs and infrastructure, particularly in regional Queensland.”

LGGSP assists councils to upgrade and build priority infrastructure and deliver essential services to local communities.

“We’re committed to creating employment opportunities and these projects will do just that, while supporting regional growth and giving business the confidence to invest locally,” Mr. Hinchliffe said.

“The program is designed to support eligible projects that contribute to a connected and liveable community, contribute to economic growth and employment and encourage collaboration and resource sharing between local governments.”

Mr. Hinchliffe said all approved projects must be completed by 30 June 2021.

“The two year timeframe means council budgets can be managed more efficiently to maximise outcomes for local communities,” Mr. Hinchliffe said.

“The state government understands the needs of local communities and we’ll continue to invest in their future, particularly in regional areas.”

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