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South Burnett armed with Battleplan

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South Burnett Regional Council in conjunction with other Queensland councils and the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) have joined forces

In order to present a Battleplan of regional projects to the Queensland Government to help kick-start the local economy in the wake of COVID-19.

Mayor Brett Otto explained, “We are joining other councils across Queensland to secure critical economic stimulus from the State Government to help our communities through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“South Burnett Regional Council has identified a list of projects it stands ready to deliver under the local Government Association of Queensland’s job creating $608 million Battleplan for Queensland Local Communities.”

Mayor Otto said, “Our projects will not only help kickstart the local economy, but will generate jobs, improve the quality of life for our local residents and encourage visitors to the region.”

‘Parks, water, roads, bridges and upgrades to community facilities are important to our community and we have 36 shovel-ready projects that, if funded, will kick-start our economy and make a significant impression on our future.

“Our Battleplan includes a $2.8M Green Spaces Re-development to refurbish rural town parks through landscaping, tree replacement, gardens, seating, shade structures and pathways, along with a $750,00 Town Pride Project to convert grass medium strips in town centres to concrete and artificial turf for drought mitigation,” Mayor Otto said.

“The proposed $3M Maidenwell Bunya Mountains Road Sealing will also see the extension of new works and sealing of remaining unsealed road sections (2.8kms).”

It is envisaged that the Battleplan will provide a critical boost to the construction, tourism and small business sectors in the region. In addition, the plan will assist with apprenticeships and traineeships for those looking to enter the workforce for the first time and create work for local businesses, contractors and labourers, both now and into the future. These projects, big and small, will directly contribute to our local economy and regional GDP.

Mayor Brett Otto welcomed Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s public commitment to working with the LGAQ to identify shovel-ready projects across the state to aid the economic recovery and thanked Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington for her support for the LGAQ’s $608 million Battle plan for Queensland Local Communities.

For further information regarding South Burnett Regional Council’s Battleplan, call Council on 4189 9100 or email.

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