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Connected communities key to great liveability

26 June 2017

Council Spokesperson for Works and Technical Services Cr Greg Olm inspects a new footpath laid recently by a WDRC works crew in Bell Street, Chinchilla.

A funding boost from the State Government’s Works for Queensland program will see Western Downs Regional Council add 12 kilometres to its existing network of footpaths across the region by June 2018, and create up to 40 new jobs through the engagement of local contractors.

  • Council was successful in securing $1.5 million under the 2016/17 Works for Queensland program to deliver 12 footpath projects in Bell, Chinchilla, Condamine, Dalby, Jandowae and Miles;
  • The funding is a welcome boost to Council’s focus on delivering great liveability by extending footpath networks to link community facilities and complete walking loops;
  • Five Works for Queensland work packages have already been awarded to local contractors and will be completed by the end of July, with the remaining seven work packages yet to be awarded;
  • The 6.5 kilometres of new footpaths funded under Works for Queensland is in addition to 2.5 kilometres already delivered by Council in the 2016/17 works program and 3 kilometres budgeted in 2017/18;
  • All projects under the 2016/17 Works for Queensland program must be delivered by 30 November 2017.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Jackie Trad said through the Palaszczuk Government’s Works for Queensland program the Western Downs was getting both jobs and local infrastructure.

“These are the kind of great community infrastructure projects that Works for Queensland is making possible right across the state, delivering jobs and stimulating the local economy,” Ms Trad said.

“Western Downs Regional Council alone has received $2.6 million from the Palaszczuk Government through this program to deliver nine projects and I’m advised by Council that they’ve been able to employ 98 local people as a direct result of this funding.”

Spokesperson for Works and Technical Services Councillor Greg Olm said the Works for Queensland program gave Council the opportunity to accelerate its regional footpath program with a focus on better connecting our communities.

“Thanks to funding under the State Government’s Works for Queensland program, this term of Council will have added 12 kilometres of new footpaths across the Western Downs by June 2018,” he said.

“Of those 12 kilometres, we expect nine kilometres of new footpaths will be laid by Christmas this year.

“By adding to our existing footpath network we’re better connecting people within our towns. Not only linking them with local community facilities but also providing recreational walking loops.

“The first of the work packages funded under Works for Queensland was completed in Miles last week with local contractors doing a great job of laying 240 metres of new footpath in just one week.

“It’s great to see this kind of jobs creation initiative adding to the great liveability of our towns and you can expect to see plenty of activity from now until November.”

The Regional Footpath Project under the 2017/18 Capital Works Program is an initiative of Western Downs Regional Council and the Queensland Government.

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Media Contact:
Cr Greg Olm | Spokesperson for Works and Technical Services | 0477 977 082