FUTURE THINKING: At the 2017 LGAQ Conference, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Works for Queensland will continue permanently.
FUTURE THINKING: At the 2017 LGAQ Conference, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Works for Queensland will continue permanently. Katherine Morris

Works for Queensland funds to continue

LOCAL councils throughout regional Queensland are likely to continue to receive significant funding from the State Government if it is returned to power.

Namely the Works for Queensland program is set to be a regular feature.

This was the message Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk delivered at the 2017 LGAQ conference in Gladstone last week, according to the organisation's newsletter.

The $400million program gives councils money for a range of infrastructure upgrades and improvements.

In the past year South Burnett Regional Council has received about $9.4million.

This money has been spent on projects such as replacing the Kingaroy Museum roof and the footpaths along Lamb St in Murgon.

About half of the South Burnett's portion has been spent on roads.

Along with adding to the council's budget, the program is meant to reduce unemployment.

Most of the jobs created through the program are either in local councils or through their contractors

Data from the 2017 census points to a 2.75% rise in the number of people working for councils to a total of 40,490.

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