The Local Government Association of Queensland welcomes the latest allocation of funding committed under the Works for Queensland program but urges the State Government to commit to increasing the funding to $100 million a year to maintain its job-creation benefits moving forward.
Under the current funding commitment, the State has pledged $200 million over four years with $100 million committed in the 21/22 financial year before the funding drops to $70 million in 22/23 and $30 million in 23/24.
LGAQ President and Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson welcomed the latest funding announcement but called on the Government to increase the funding to ensure it remains at $100 million a year moving forward.
“This program’s success comes from its targeted focus on funding projects that can be rolled out quickly to provide opportunities and improved facilities for local communities,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Councils have strongly supported the continuation of Works for Queensland and we welcome the release of this new round of the program at a time when job-creation has never been more important. We look forward to continuing to work with the Queensland Government to maintain this program into the future.”