The State Government has promised to put $880 million towards Queensland infrastructure projects, if re-elected this month.
Speaking on the Gold Coast, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the funding will support up to 17,800 jobs across the state through partnership with local councils.
“The Palaszczuk Government’s Works for Queensland program has created or supported tens of thousands of jobs across every one of the state’s councils since 2016,” the Premier said.
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“Its focus has been jobs and the spin offs have ranged from upgraded swimming pools and new libraries to skateparks, water infrastructure and roads.
“That’s why we’re announcing our $880 million Keeping Queensland Working program”.
It’s understood the program includes a $600 million investment in Works for Queensland and an South East Queensland Community Stimulus Package as well as another $280 million for the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme.
“This is $280 million over four years to ensure local transport projects and local jobs are supported for local councils and their communities,” Transport and Mains Road Minister Mark Bailey said.
Under the $400 million Works for Queensland commitment, 65 regional councils will each receive two rounds of $1 million with the remainder of funds allocated based on population and unemployment levels over the next six years.
“The funding will support up to 11,800 jobs across regional Queensland and in many cases will make the difference on whether vital local infrastructure projects can go ahead,” the Premier said.
While the $200 million SEQ Community Stimulus Package will provide two rounds of funding to each of the 12 South East Queensland councils, including the Gold Coast.
“The program is expected to support up to 6000 jobs” Ms Palaszczuk said.
It comes after the LNP yesterday announced they would invest $30 million to build new roads from recycled plastic and open the country’s first solar panel recycling facility.
“The LNP will become the recycling state with our plans to open a solar panel recycling facility in SE-QLD, work with councils to build new roads from recycled plastic and stop valuable resources in electronic waste from going into landfill,” leader Deb Frecklington said.
Pre-polling booths are bracing for another busy day today, after a record turn out of 100,000 voters descended on early voting centres across the state yesterday.
It’s understood more than 15,000 people submitted their ballot every hour on Monday.
Meanwhile, Queensland has recorded no new COVID-19 cases again today.
There are still four active cases in the state, including one in hotel quarantine on the Gold Coast.
Tuesday, 20 October – coronavirus cases in Queensland:
• 0 new confirmed cases
• 4 active cases
• 1,164 total confirmed cases
• 1,192,435 tests conducted
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) October 19, 2020