Battleplan outlines key Burdekin projects
Burdekin Shire Council has identified key projects which could be accelerated under the Local Government Association of Queensland’s job-creating $608 million Battleplan for Queensland.
Burdekin Shire Council has identified key projects which could be accelerated under the Local Government Association of Queensland’s job-creating $608 million Battleplan for Queensland Local Communities.
Councils across Queensland have been compiling their local battleplans in a bid to secure critical economic stimulus from the State Government to help their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the range of shovel-ready projects identified by Council included a range of environmental, cultural, and broader infrastructure projects to benefit the community.
“In compiling our list of projects for submission, Council identified a range of both new projects as well as those that will improve on or extend the use of existing facilities,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“Key projects outlined include the Ayr Industrial Estate expansion, Burdekin Theatre stage 2 refurbishment, Burdekin Memorial Hall improvements and more.
“The breadth of projects included will not only provide instant job creation for trade industries but will provide further job opportunities in the future for our industrial, cultural and tourism sectors.”
Several noteworthy battleplan ready projects for the Burdekin include:
- Restoration and revegetation of Burdekin dunal systems;
- Ayr Industrial Estate expansion construction and infrastructure;
- Burdekin Memorial Hall entrance revitalisation;
- Burdekin Theatre refurbishment – stage 2;
- Home Hill Be Active Trail expansion.
Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) President Mayor Mark Jamieson said Councils stood at the ready to help Queensland meet the challenges of the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 with the LGAQ’s battleplan to create more than 14,000 jobs.
Key initiatives to be funded under the battleplan include:
- Jobs Recovery Package: A $200 million statewide job creation program modelled on the successful Works for Queensland initiative to support more than 8,000 jobs.
- Green Army: A 3,000-strong workforce focused on protecting and improving the environment across the state for the benefit of critical sectors such as agriculture and tourism.
- Local Government Apprenticeship and Traineeship Guarantee: Providing 800 new or displaced workers with a guaranteed pathway to gain critical experience and skills.
“The battleplan’s programs will provide a critical boost to the construction, tourism, small business and agricultural sectors,” Cr Jamieson said.
“They will provide apprenticeships and traineeships for those looking to enter the workforce for the first time or to retrain. They will create work for local businesses, contractors and labourers.
“They will ensure Queensland communities not only weather the COVID-19 storm but emerge from it stronger than before.”
Cr Jamieson welcomed Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s public commitment to working with the Association and its member councils to identify shovel-ready projects across the state to aid the economic recovery.
He also reiterated his thanks to Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington for her support for the LGAQ’s $608 million Battleplan for Queensland Local Communities.
A number of Queensland Councils will release their individual battleplans over the coming days. For information on the Battleplan for Queensland Local Communities, visit lgaq.asn.au.