New councils urged to cash in on State infrastructure funding

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Spending for flood mitigation projects was allocated in previous Building Our Regions funding

The elections are through, the new councils soon to be sworn in, there’s change ahead and the State Government is throwing infrastructure dollars to make it happen.

Councils across south-west Queensland are being urged to identify shovel-ready infrastructure projects, with another $70 million of State Government funds now available through the Building Our Regions fund.

Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said the Palaszczuk Government had accelerated the second round of the regional infrastructure program by six months to generate much-needed jobs and development in regional Queensland.

“I would like the Toowoomba, Western Downs, Goondiwindi, Balonne, Maranoa, Murweh, Paroo, Bulloo and Quilpie councils to put forward projects that will create jobs and deliver economic development,” he said.

“The latest round opens today and we’ve made the process easier, with councils only needing to supply expressions of interest initially, rather than full, detailed applications.

“The Department of State Development then assesses their application and if they’re shortlisted, councils will have four weeks to prepare a detailed business case.”

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The first round of Building our Regions allocated more than $14.4 million to help fund an infrastructure wish list for south-west Queensland communities from Toowoomba to Birdsville.

“The Palaszczuk Government was proud to make contributions towards about $42 million worth of projects ranging from caravan park upgrades to flood mitigation,” Dr Lynham said.

The first round funded 11 projects across the south-west, supporting more than 120 jobs as well as potential new economic development.

“From Charleville to Chinchilla, we are delivering and now is the time for newly-elected councils across south-west Queensland to identify the essential infrastructure they need,” Dr Lynham said.

For more information on the $200 million Building our Regions program visit http://statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/buildingourregions