More than $5 million in coronavirus funding for the Burnett

UPDATE:

South Burnett Regional Mayor Brett Otto said Council is meeting this week to discuss projects to progress.

"Funding will be used to support the delivery of job creating new infrastructure, maintenance or minor works projects, including bringing forward of planned/budgeted maintenance or capital works, that are focused on essential services, economic development and community well-being outcomes," he said.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the State Government for this important funding to help the South Burnett community to unit and recover following the current COVID-19 pandemic."

BURNETT communities will benefit from job opportunities and new assets, from bikeways and footpaths to sport and recreation facilities, through $5.84 million from the State Government's $200 million COVID Works for the Queensland program.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the funding would have an enormous impact on the regions and the state, with up to 8000 jobs being supported or created across Queensland.

"I know Queenslanders are resilient, but our government also recognises how difficult it has been for these regions with economic hardship and unemployment in the wake of this pandemic," she said.

"COVID Works for Queensland funding will provide a huge lift for employment opportunities, local economies, and most importantly community spirit."

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said that in the past three years, the Works for Queensland program had been incredibly successful throughout regional Queensland, delivering more than 19,000 jobs and counting.

"Now every council, including those in southeast Queensland, will be given a boost to deliver job-creating infrastructure and maintenance projects," he said.

"We have never had to deal with anything like the repercussions from this pandemic, which is why the Queensland Government has put together the $6 billion economic recovery strategy Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs, of which COVID Works for Queensland is an integral part for our councils and their communities."

Burnett councils will receive COVID Works for Queensland funding of:

• Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council - $1.13 million

• South Burnett Regional Council - $3.31 million

• North Burnett Regional Council - $1.4 million

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