COVID Works for Queensland projects announced
New equipment in parks and playgrounds, upgraded footpaths, bus shelters and car parks, and new or improved lighting at several sporting facilities are just some of the projects that will benefit the Moreton Bay region community, made possible with the Palaszczuk Government’s $200 million COVID Works for Queensland program.
Moreton Bay Regional Council expects the projects will support or create 189 local jobs.
The program is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $6 billion economic recovery strategy Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs.
Member for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath said that amid the global pandemic, Queensland was not immune to economic challenges.
“The Palaszczuk Government has a plan for Queensland’s economic recovery, and programs like Works for Queensland will not only improve our community facilities but create local jobs,” said Ms D’Ath.
Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd said that the Moreton Bay Regional Council would receive more than $7.9M from the Palaszczuk Government to complete projects right across the Moreton Bay Regional Council area, from Bribie Island through Caboolture and down to Ferny Hills.
“While there’s no doubt our people are resilient, I know these projects, and the jobs they create, will be extremely welcome during this tough time,” said Ms Boyd.
Member for Ferny Grove Mark Furner said that the projects would make a difference to the community.
“I’m thrilled that thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s investment, projects aimed at enhancing tourism, health and community safety will be funded through this fantastic initiative,” said Mr Furner.
In announcing the projects, Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the positive impacts would be felt almost immediately.
“This program is specifically designed to help councils get their communities back on their feet as quickly as possible and minimise any long-term effects of the global coronavirus pandemic which is impacting economies around the world,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“We’re continuing to manage the health response and that means we have started delivering Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.
“Across the State, every council area is benefitting from the COVID Works for Queensland program.
“In total, 520 projects are being funded, which the councils tell us will support or create more than 4,600 jobs.
“It’s 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.”
Other projects for the Moreton Bay Regional Council area include renovating the Bribie Island Surf Lifesaving Patrol Tower, upgrading the amenities at Ferny Hills Swimming Pool and installing CCTV at Anzac Avenue in Kallangur.
Projects are required to be completed by June 2021.
For more information visit: www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/covid-w4q