Additional funding for regional council community infrastructure projects in Queensland has been announced for 2024–27.
Queensland has announced an increase in funding of $100 million in support of the Works for Queensland program for its next round in 2024–27.
“This is a record level of funding from the Palaszczuk government for local projects – $300 million up from the previous $200 million,” Queensland deputy premier Steven Miles said.
“By the end of the current 2021–24 funding round it’s estimated that Works for Queensland will have supported or created more than 26,000 jobs in regional Queensland across almost 2,200 projects, with that number to increase when the new funding round begins in July 2024.
“Works for Queensland continues to be successful and is a great example of two levels of government working together to deliver for local communities.”
The additional funding means up to $300 million is available for regional council projects, to build community infrastructure such as water and sewerage, housing and regional economic development.
“Works for Queensland has supported communities the length and breadth of Queensland, it has been an enormous benefit, particularly to regional and remote areas of our state,” Assistant Minister for Local Government Nikki Boyd said.
“It’s created thousands of jobs and supported communities. I’ve seen firsthand how our regions have benefited from the Palaszczuk Government’s investment in them.
“This massive boost in funding will mean councils can keep delivering critical infrastructure and good jobs for locals, I look forward to seeing these projects delivered across the state.”
The program’s current round, which concludes in June 2024, has provided funding for infrastructure across the state including:
- $2.48 million to Burdekin Shire Council for the design and construction of the water park within the existing Burdekin Aquatic Centre in Ayr
- $5.7 million to the Mackay Regional Council for gravel re-sheeting of existing roads throughout the Mackay Region
- $1.2 million to Southern Downs Regional Council for sewer pump station upgrades
- $400,000 to the Maranoa Regional Council for repurposing the existing Oil Patch Museum at The Big Rig in Roma
- $1.49 million to Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council to create phase one of a shared cycle path along the banks of the Nicholson River
Funding guidelines for councils are expected to be released in April 2024.