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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    $16.2 million more for jobs bonanza in the Rockhampton region through Works for Queensland

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    $16.2 million more for jobs bonanza in the Rockhampton region through Works for Queensland

    Rockhampton, Livingstone, Woorabinda and Central Highlands councils have been delivered a major Budget windfall with an extra $16.2 million over two years allocated to the region through the Palaszczuk Government’s successful Works for Queensland Program.

    Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath, who is in Rockhampton today, said that this new funding injection came after the first round was embraced by councils across the state.

    “I am incredibly delighted to announce another $16.2 million for the Rockhampton region, bringing our total Works for Queensland investment here to more than $32 million,” Ms D’Ath said.

    “Across regional Queensland councils are telling us that this program is creating jobs, building great community infrastructure and that they want to see more invested. We have listened and we are delivering.”

    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said the funding was about jumpstarting job-creating projects and getting people working as soon as possible.

    “The Rockhampton region is already benefiting from this program with projects like the construction of three new waterslides at the 42nd Battalion Memorial Pool already underway and delivering jobs in our region,” Mr Byrne said.

    “We know that these projects are having an enormously positive impact on our community and I’m excited to see this continue.”

    Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the funding was a win for her community.

    “I’ve been absolutely focused on creating local jobs and the extension of this program shows my commitment to our region,” Ms Lauga said.

    “I’m looking forward to see council’s new proposals so we can get on and deliver for our community together.”

    Mayor of Rockhampton Regional Council Margaret Strelow said the Works for Queensland grants are perfectly sized and perfectly timed.

    “Because it's an outright grant that's not competitive nor does it require matching funding it gives us a freedom to deliver jobs very quickly into the community,” Cr Strelow said.

    “Council received just over $9 million in the first round for a number of projects which supported and created more than 235 jobs.

    “We welcome this new round of funding for projects which will get more local people into jobs and boost our region’s economy.”

    Every council in the region will benefit with additional funds allocated to:

    • Rockhampton Regional Council - $9.048 million over two years
    • Livingstone Regional Council - $3.49 million over two years
    • Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council - $1.09 million over two years
    • Central Highlands Regional Council - $2.55 million over two years

    Councils in the Rockhampton and Keppel regions received first round Works for Queensland funding allocations for a total of 53 projects.

    Councils are encouraged to nominate projects for the second round of funding by 28 July, 2017. All approved projects are expected to be completed by June 2019.

    For more information visit: www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/works-for-queensland

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