More funding to help Queensland communities

Five Queensland council areas heavily impacted by last year’s bushfires will share in more than $6 million to deliver a range of locally developed projects that will contribute to economic and social recovery, and create local jobs.

The projects are being supported through the $36.8 million Local Economic Recovery (LER) program for Queensland, which is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

The six projects will benefit from the first round of funding under the program, with more than $30 million in future investment still to come.

Funding and projects approved under the first round of the LER Program:

  • $2,000,000 to design and construct a four-megalitre concrete potable water supply reservoir and associated infrastructure in Livingstone Shire Council
  • $1,690,000 to open an underground water source near Chillagoe in Mareeba Shire Council
  • $1,610,000 to improve and create new links within a priority section of Noosa’s hinterland trails network in Noosa Shire Council
  • $67,500 to upgrade facilities in the Boonah Cultural and Community Hub in Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • $250,000 to construct Stage 1 of the Mount Glen Rock Recreation and Nature Reserve development in Somerset Regional Council
  • $385,000 to construct Stage 2 of the Mount Glen Rock Recreation and Nature Reserve development in in Somerset Regional Council

The Queensland LER Program is open to local governments and Queensland Government departments and agencies for projects in the Bundaberg, Gladstone, Gympie, Ipswich, Livingstone, Lockyer Valley, Mareeba, Noosa, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba local government areas.

The program is administered by the QRA on behalf of the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments.

The Local Economic Recovery process focuses on community involvement in identifying projects so local needs can be reflected and the funding can be put to the best use. Some projects will have contributions from councils as part of the community led approach and collaboration across all levels of government.

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