JOB GROWTH: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the government are working to support more than 12,000 regional jobs.
JOB GROWTH: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the government are working to support more than 12,000 regional jobs. Bev Lacey

Premier invests in regional jobs and infrastructure

THE Queensland Government is supporting 12,152 jobs and delivering important new infrastructure in regional Queensland.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the $600 million Works for Queensland program was a regional jobs powerhouse, with 1,354 approved projects across 65 councils.

"Works for Queensland is breathing fresh life into regional economies throughout Queensland and supporting more than 12,000 jobs," she said.

The projects are pumping $400 million into local economies, with a further $200 million on the way.

"In addition to the thousands of new jobs, this program is delivering vital new community facilities in the regions, such as parks and gardens, walking tracks, town centre improvements and improved swimming pools," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"We'll continue to partner with local councils because it's having such a positive impact on regional Queensland."

Local Government minister Stirling Hinchliffe said regional councils were queuing up to share in a slice of the Works for Queensland funding.

"Whenever I visit regional Queensland, I see first-hand how Works for Queensland is helping to transform local communities," he said.

"It's delivering new and improved facilities whole communities can enjoy, while injecting much-needed investment into local economies."

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