More than $1m for local jobs
Mayor says funds could go to a number of different projects
NORTH Burnett Regional Council has received $1.58 million from a $200 million jobs stimulus package that was announced on Thursday by the Queensland Government.
Mayor Rachel Chambers said it was “amazing” to receive the funds.
“Usual grant funding requires council to contribute a sum of 20 to 50% of the total grant,” Cr Chambers said. “This one doesn’t. “We have been given $1.58 million with no financial strings attached.
“Usually grant money can not be spent on maintenance projects. This grant is for maintenance projects.”
Cr Chambers said the money could be spent on a number of projects from footpath upgrades, to solar energy conversions, maintenance on public toilets and town halls, resealing town streets, painting of public facilities, to playground equipment.
“The list is endless really,” Cr Chambers said.
“Nothing is decided as we are working on choosing the projects which allow the best results for all six of the townships with the most amount of employment.”
Cr Chambers said the funding would allow council to quickly upgrade some infrastructure and use local labour doing it.
“Most funding we apply for as a regional council is spent improving our basics,” Cr Chambers aid.
“With a low population base we often are overlooked when there’s money to improve our liveability as inevitably some water or road system somewhere will get priority over the playground equipment.
“One of the desired outcomes of this grant is to improve liveability in regional areas therefore this money will allow us to do some nice things as well as some important maintenance on our infrastructure all the while using as much local labour as possible.
“It’s a win win win for maintenance, liveability and jobs and I applaud the Palaszczuk Government for this innovative initiative.”
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the funding had been given to regions that needed an economic boost.
“The full $200 million has been allocated across 65 regional councils on the basis of population and local unemployment,” Ms Trad said.