By Claire Matthews
New funding is available for resource communities in Queensland to build projects to benefit the regional workers, families and community.
Applications for project funding are now open, with the State Government’s $100 million Resources Community Infrastructure Fund.
The fund will deliver building projects in regional communities to generate jobs and boost the economy as part of the COVID-19 economic recovery plan.
Deputy Premier and State Development Minister Steven Miles said the resource industry employs many people in Queensland and supports businesses.
“According to the QRC, the resources sector employs around 84,000 workers and directly supports 15,200 Queensland businesses.”
“Despite the challenges COVID-19 has brought, our resources sector has been able to continue operating throughout the pandemic, helping support our economy.
“Not-for-profit organisations and local governments in resource communities are now able to apply for between $100,000 and $8 million for infrastructure projects that will benefit their communities.”
The fund is a partnership between the government, resource companies and Queensland Resources Council.
An advisory committee has been formed to determine how community infrastructure projects will be chosen to best suit community needs.
Suitable projects will:
- Increase a resource community’s access to services to meet needs, maximise potential and enhance wellbeing
- Enhance safety, reduce social inequality or benefit disadvantaged communities
- Add to planned infrastructure projects by the State
The first funding announcements for the $100 million fund are expected to be made in late 2021.
Find out more and read the applicant guidelines here: https://www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/industry/resource-sector/resource-community-infrastructure-fund.