Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash together with the Federal Members George Christensen, Michelle Landry and Ken O’Dowd announced the Bowen Basin Regional Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP) Local Planning Committee today.
The $30 million package was an important election commitment to stimulate regional economies which take in a large slice of resource industries in Capricornia, Flynn and Dawson.
Capricornia-based Graeme Kanofski has been appointed chair of the committee along with the following members:
“These people are local leaders and have the important responsibility of representing their communities,” said Minister Nash.
“This Local Planning Committee will nominate the sectors of local industry the package will invest in on behalf of local people.
“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and investing in sustainable local jobs helps grow that kind of community.”
Capricornia MP Michelle Landry said the Local Planning Committee will develop a Local Investment Plan that will list the forward-looking growth sectors which it thinks will create sustainable jobs for the future in Central Queensland.
“Once the Local Investment Plan is done, the applications from the Capricornia, Flynn and Dawson regions can roll in,” Ms Landry said.
“This is a significant step forward to helping build and grow sections of our local economy which will produce jobs for decades to come.”
Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the Coalition Government’s aim is to create more jobs and export opportunities.
“This jobs package is one example of how much the Coalition values this region,” Mr Christensen said.
“This package gives our region the ability to choose its own priorities as local business people provide local knowledge on how to take the region forward.
“The end result will be investments which create jobs,” he said.
Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said the the Coalition understands Australia’s cities cannot exist without our regions, which supply our cities their water, food, electricity and gas.
“We’re so proud to give Central Queensland a $30 million shot in the arm,” Mr O’Dowd said.
“The Coalition is focusing on the basics – creating jobs. A package like this can make a real positive difference.
“Our 10 Regional Jobs and Investment Packages across Australia are worth a total of $220 million and aim to deliver the jobs of today which will still be there tomorrow,” said Mr O’Dowd.
Funding will be available across three streams: Local Infrastructure projects, Business Innovation Grants, Skills, and Training.
For more information visit: http://regional.gov.au/regional/regional-jobs-investment-package/