Water recycling and effluent treatment projects in three council areas will be funded through the $60 million Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program (LGGSP).
The Queensland Government today announced approval of grant funding of more than $5.7 million for local infrastructure projects in the Mackay region.
Local Government Minister Mark Furner said the projects in the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac regions will create, more than an estimated 40 full-time equivalent jobs.
“The delivery of these projects will generate employment and boost economic activity for local communities, which is a major priority for the Palaszczuk Government,” Mr Furner said.
Member for Mirani Jim Pearce said following feedback from councils around the state, the way the LGGSP is administered has been changed.
“This year, we have given councils two financial years to deliver projects and this has allowed councils to apply for projects which will truly have an enduring impact in our community,” Mr Pearce said.
“It has also enabled councils to plan their workforces ahead of time, to create local jobs and give the local economy a shot in the arm.”
Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the funding would be a boost for the entire community.
“This program is vital for the region and is another example of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to working with councils for the good of all Queenslanders,” Mrs Gilbert said.
“Investing in infrastructure is a very practical way to generate confidence in a community making it a better place to live, work and operate a business.”
The Mackay region will benefit from projects including:
- Mackay Regional Council receiving almost $1.03 million to expand the Mirani Effluent Dam and Transfer System
- Whitsunday Regional Council receiving $1.287 million to upgrade the Bowen sewage treatment plant
- Isaac Regional Council receiving more than $3.4 million for the Isaac Regional Water Recycling program.
The grants were welcomed by Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson.
“This program is vital to help us deliver these important projects for our community. Without this funding, we would find it difficult to deliver some of these projects, so it is win-win for everyone here,” Cr Williamson said.
The $60 million Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program follows the implementation of the Palaszczuk Government’s $400 million Works for Queensland funding to regional councils.
The LGGSP projects must be completed by 30 June 2019. More details at the DILGP website.
About the Program
The 2017–19 LGGSP budget totals $60 million, delivered over two financial years. The aim of this program is to provide funding assistance to support local governments to deliver key infrastructure projects that:
- meet community needs, contributing to sustainable and liveable communities
- align with state, regional and local priorities
- support economic growth, innovation and community development, increasing job creation for local communities
- contribute to building safe, caring and connected communities, enhancing access to infrastructure and services
- support Queensland communities to be more resilient to natural disasters and reduce future expenditure on asset restoration.
As at 18 October 2017, a total of 90 projects for 71 Councils have been approved (one project granted preliminary approval) under the 2017-19 LGGSP. More than 1100 FTE jobs (construction/implementation and post completion) have been identified by councils, as being generated by the 2017-19 LGGSP.
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