Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe
Tablelands communities are set for better water security, reliability and quality which will improve overall health and liveability in the region, made possible through $3.41 million from the Queensland Government’s $600 million Works for Queensland program.
In opening a new bore in Atherton, as part of the Tablelands Regional Council’s Water Quality Improvement Plan, Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Works for Queensland program has had a positive impact on the region.
“This program is specifically designed to generate jobs where they are needed most by helping councils build or upgrade minor infrastructure projects,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“Projects such as helping Council deliver better water quality and reliability is a terrific example of how the program is benefiting Queensland communities.
“Throughout the three rounds of Works for Queensland, Tablelands Regional Council has received more than $10.6 million to deliver 24 projects which have created or supported 259 jobs so far.
“That is a fantastic outcome for local families and for the local economy.
“In fact, right across regional Queensland this program is helping to deliver 1,860 projects which have already created or supported more than 20,000 jobs.”
Accompanying Mr Hinchliffe, Tablelands Regional Council Mayor Rod Marti praised the Works for Queensland program.
“The Works for Queensland program has been about quickly delivering infrastructure projects that matter to our community,” Mayor Marti said.
“The projects we have been able to deliver through this program not only provide employment opportunities, they have long-term benefits through improved liveability.
“It shows what can be achieved for our community when our two levels of government work together.”
The Tablelands Regional Council’s Water Quality Improvement Plan has also been allocated more than $3.9 million from the Queensland Government’s Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program and more than $883,000 from Tablelands Regional Council to further improve supply and quality.