$16.68 million more for jobs bonanza in Whitsundays
Whitsunday, Mackay and Isaac councils have been delivered a major Budget windfall with an extra $16.68 million over two years allocated to the region through the Palaszczuk Government’s successful Works for Queensland Program.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure Jackie Trad, who is today visiting the Whitsunday’s first large scale solar project the Bowen Water Treatment Plant, said that this new funding injection came after the first round was embraced by councils across the state.
“I am incredibly excited to announce another $16.68 million for Whitsunday, Mackay and Isaac, bringing our total Works for Queensland investment here to over $34 million,” Ms Trad said.
“Across regional Queensland councils are telling us that this program is creating jobs, building great community infrastructure and that they want to see more invested. We have listened and we are delivering.
“The Whitsunday region is already benefiting through projects like the Bowen Water Treatment Plant solar project, which will reduce water rates and deliver jobs in the region.
“This clean energy project will produce significant savings from the first year of operation and the benefits will be spread across the whole Whitsunday region.
“We know that these projects are having an enormously positive impact on the community and I’m excited to see this continue.”
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said the Works for Queensland program is a fantastic initiative which is helping council deliver important community infrastructure while creating jobs.
“We welcome this new round of funding for projects by the Palaszczuk government which will get local people into jobs and boost the Whitsunday Region recovery process in the wake of Cyclone Debbie,” he said.
Every council in the region will benefit with additional funds allocated to:
- Mackay Regional Council – $10.95 million over two years
- Whitsunday Regional Council – $4.07 million over two years
- Isaac Regional Council – $1.66 million over two years
Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac Regional Councils received first round Works for Queensland funding allocations for a total of 66 projects.