Councils on a winner with Works for Queensland
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s plan for a $200 million extension of the Works for Queensland program should Labor be returned to government is a welcome recognition that the scheme is one of State’s the most effective regional job generators.
The Local Government Association of Queensland said continued investment in Works for Queensland would ensure local councils strengthened their role as a major and reliable regional employer.
Ms Palaszczuk said a re-elected Labor government would pump another $200 million into regional Queensland infrastructure through the Works for Queensland program.
LGAQ chief executive said this would be on top of the $400 million already invested in the program, which is estimated to have created or maintained 12,000 jobs.
“Works for Queensland is a winner for two big reasons: it allows councils to drive employment growth through building much needed community infrastructure and it channels funds where they are most needed rather than rely on the tired old system of forcing councils to jump through bureaucratic hoops before they are able to better look after their towns and cities,’’ he said.
“That is why we want to Works for Queensland formula to be extended over the entire state and across all local government infrastructure funding programs.’’
“It is just makes sense for council and government to work in true partnership to build jobs.’’ Mr Hallam said the LGAQ would keep working to ensure all parties commit to ensuring baseline funding of at least $500 million a year for building local infrastructure such as roads and water supply services which puts local councils at the centre of decision making on how to provide for their communities.
“We want to build on the lessons of Works for Queensland and apply them to other grant and subsidy programs so we can give longer term certainty to councils in planning and delivering essential infrastructure and services.”
The package top the list of policy priorities in the LGAQ’s 10 Point Policy Plan, which can be accessed at http://bit.ly/201710PointPlan