$130 million fund boosts regional Queensland jobs plan to $1 billion

06 February 2017

QLD Government: The Palaszczuk Government has launched the $130 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund as part of its $1 billion plan to create jobs outside the State’s south-east.

Addressing the Capricornia Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland in Yeppoon today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Fund was part of the Government’s plan to fund new infrastructure and provide direct incentives to employers to create jobs in regional Queensland.

“To create more jobs in regional Queensland, my Government is fast-tracking our own infrastructure, helping councils to deliver projects and assisting businesses to take on new employees,” the Premier said.

“I am determined to turn these programs into jobs as soon as possible.

“Queensland’s unemployment rate is down to 6% from 6.6% where the previous LNP Government left it. However, the combined challenges of severe drought and the end of the mining boom have cost jobs in regional Queensland.

“The Jobs and Regional Growth Fund will provide one-off financial assistance from $100,000 to $10 million in either direct grants or relief of State charges to promote growth and job creation.”

The Jobs and Regional Growth Fund would provide assistance for:

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the Government was consulting with industry across a broad range of sectors and regions in relation to the fund. Applications for financial assistance are invited from proponents.

“Queensland’s improved budget position means we can include extra initiatives for our regions, like this Fund, to ensure we work with local businesses to create jobs and economic opportunities in the regions,” Mr Pitt said.

“Job creation, especially jobs in our regions, remains the focus of our economic plan.

“Those businesses and industries with plans to grow, we want to work with you.”

The $130 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund is in addition to:

Almost half of the Government’s $10.7 billion investment in infrastructure in 2016-17 has been devoted to regional Queensland, with more than $880 million committed to the Fitzroy Region.

Yesterday, the Government announced an additional $200 million would be invested in the expansion of the Capricornia Correctional Centre north of Rockhampton, creating more than 100 jobs in construction and another 70 in ongoing operations.




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