Works for Queensland supporting 2,730 Far North Queensland region jobs and counting

The hugely successful community-building and economy-boosting Works for Queensland program has now supported or created 2,730 jobs for Far North Queensland, with an estimated 889 more to come.

Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the program was making a real difference to the region.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to Far North Queensland through the first three rounds of the Works for Queensland program has seen more than $158.3 million allocated to the region,” Mr Healy said.

“Projects like the Holloways Beach Improvement Plan, repairing the JS Love Building in Coen, and construction of the Georgetown Multi-Sports Facility, will have terrific social, economic and health benefits for communities in Far North Queensland,” he said.

Member for Cook Cynthia Liu said through the first two rounds of the program, 2,730 jobs created or supported in Far North Queensland, delivering 347 local projects.

“Our councils estimate a further 889 jobs will be created or supported through the third round of funding,” Ms Liu Said.

Member for Mulgrave, Hon Curtis Pitt said, “Local families and communities are better placed because of this program, which is why the councils have been overwhelmingly in favour of Works for Queensland continuing.”

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the latest figures reported from the 65 eligible councils, show that the Palaszczuk Government’s $600 million funding initiative is a runaway success.

“There is absolutely no doubt that the Works for Queensland program is helping councils build infrastructure and improve liveability, but most importantly, the creation of jobs is having a positive impact on the lives of regional Queenslanders,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“To put this success into perspective, by the end of last month, more than 16,400 jobs had been created or supported through the first two rounds of the program, helping councils deliver 1,350 projects for their communities.”

Minister Hinchliffe said the effects of the program were being felt right across Queensland.

“This program has been an enormous boon in parts of our State where the need for an economic lift and job creation has been greatest,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“With the third round of $200 million recently released, the councils estimate a further 4,676 jobs will be created or supported to deliver another 501 projects for regional Queensland.

“We have also listened to our councils, and this round again carries a two-year timeframe, allowing them to plan and budget for the workforce needed to deliver these projects for their communities.”

Works for Queensland is designed to help councils deliver new minor infrastructure or improve the condition of existing assets such as parks and playgrounds, swimming pools and water play areas, footpaths, roads, sewers, community and sports facilities and renewable energy initiatives.

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