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‘Works for Queensland’ boosts Moreton Bay economy

Moreton Bay Regional Council has secured nearly $8 million in the latest round of Works for Queensland funding.

Mayor Peter Flannery thanked the State Government for its focus on keeping locals employed at this uncertain time.

“The Works for Queensland program is specifically designed to enable councils to get their communities back on their feet as quickly as possible and minimise any long-term effects of the pandemic,” Mayor Flannery said.

“This initiative helps us to fast-track essential infrastructure that’s important in people’s day-to-day lives.

“Like building new pathways, bus stops, amenities blocks, and playground equipment.

“Local sports clubs and volunteer organisations have done really well, including the Narangba Rangers, Pine Rivers Swans AFC, Caboolture Rugby League, Redcliffe Softball Association, and Bribie Island Surf Life Savers.

“Which I’m thrilled about, because if coronavirus has reminded us of anything it’s how important being outdoors and active is to our physical and mental wellbeing.

“Council has also injected $3.21 million on top of the state funding to deliver over fifty local projects.

In total, 520 projects are being funded as part of the Government’s $6 billion economic recovery strategy Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs, which the councils expect will support or create more than 4,600 jobs.

In announcing the projects, Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the pandemic had rocked the global economy.

“While there’s no doubt Queenslanders are resilient, I know these projects and the jobs they create will be extremely welcome during this tough time,” he said.

“Our economic road to recovery is paved with jobs and the workforces attached to our councils and our communities.

“Across the State, every council area is benefitting from the COVID Works for Queensland program. The long-term economic benefits these projects will deliver is a fantastic outcome and will go a long way to helping Queensland unite and recover.

“This initiative builds on the wonderfully successful $600 million Works for Queensland program that has already created or supported more than 19,000 jobs throughout regional Queensland.”

Projects are required to be completed by June 2021.

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