The Queensland Government’s $365 million Building our Region’s program has opened applications for its next round of funding.
The program is open to waste infrastructure projects that provide direct economic benefit to industrial or commercial development.
A Cairns material recovery facility (MRF) doubled its processing capacity after receiving $3 million from an earlier funding round in April this year.
In reference to the MRF, State Development Minister Cameron Dick said raising the quality of recycling in Queensland would facilitate better access to relevant global export markets.
“Regional infrastructure development means more Queensland jobs, and more jobs means a stronger Queensland,” Mr. Dick said.
“That’s why our government committed another $70 million towards Building our Region’s in the 2019-20 state budget.”
Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) President and Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson welcomed the funding.
“The LGAQ has seen firsthand the economic injection and jobs for regions this program provides,” Mr. Jamieson said.
“By working with councils to identify projects that will deliver local growth, support local businesses and create more liveable communities, the state government is supporting investment and opportunities across Queensland’s regions, which is welcomed by councils.”
In addition to waste infrastructure, applications are open to wastewater, renewable energy, marine and transport projects.
Regional councils have until 30 August to submit expressions of interest for shovel-ready projects.