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Another jobs boost for the region

19 January 2017

Western Downs Regional Council was today awarded $2.6 million as part of the Queensland Government’s $200 million Works for Queensland program.

  • The Works for Queensland program was announced by the Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt in December following the better than expected budget position in the Mid-Year Fiscal and Economic Review;
  • The $200 million Works for Queensland program is funded from the State Infrastructure Fund and is designed to support local councils across the state undertake job-creating, maintenance or minor infrastructure projects;
  • And earlier today, Queensland Deputy Premier and Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Minister Jackie Trad announced the funding allocations for the 65 regional councils under the program.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said he was delighted with the amount of funding provided to the Council under the Works for Queensland program.

“This $2.6 million represents a substantial amount of funding by the Queensland Government to our Western Downs Regional Council,” he said.

“This funding provides the opportunity for us to upgrade existing infrastructure across the entire region.

“But the real beauty of the Works for Queensland package is about creating jobs. This funding is to be used on projects that immediately create jobs.

“That is what the Works for Queensland program is all about and that is what we will be doing, creating jobs in our region immediately.”

Mayor McVeigh added that Council had already begun work on deciding where to allocate the funds to create the most jobs across the region and ensure the best value from the funding.

“It is really very exciting, not only do we have the opportunity to boost jobs across our region but also deliver key projects for our communities. So watch this space,” he said.

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Media Contact:

Cr Paul McVeigh                     Western Downs Regional Council Mayor                         0408 700 392