IN A bid to attract business investment and expansion to boost jobs, Member for Dawson George Christensen and Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry will today announce a re-elected Coalition Government will invest $30 million into a Bowen Basin "jobs package".
They said the plan, "guided by the local region", will give a helping hand to the Mackay and Fitzroy regions and will attract matching funding from participating businesses, resulting in a total package of $60 million.
Regional centres with access to the fund include but are not limited to Mackay, Clermont, Emerald, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Blackwater and Biloela.
Mr Christensen said he had made strong representations in Canberra for a jobs package for the region. "The next two years will be a critical time for the Bowen Basin region.
"The Coalition understands this and that's why we're asking the region to choose its own economic direction.
"Local business people know where the opportunities are and unlike the Labor Party, we'll use local knowledge to help direct our jobs plan."
Ms Landry said the $30m package formed part of a $300m investment and jobs plan rollout in Capricornia which included funding for the Rookwood Weir, the Walkerston Bypass, regional sporting facilities and road investments.
"This funding will support new projects that create sustainable business investment and job opportunities that will strengthen towns and communities across the Bowen Basin.
"... the Coalition's investment will be guided by the local community, because the Bowen Basin knows what's best for the Bowen Basin.
"I've fought tooth and nail for this plan for this region and I'm so excited to see it delivered."
Regional Development Minister Fiona Nash said package grants would assist existing local businesses to grow and also offer incentives for businesses outside the region to expand.
"Local communities will assess their region's economic opportunities and develop tailored, forward looking local investment plans..." she said.
- Providing innovation grants on a competitive basis.
- Upgrading existing local infrastructure or investing in small new local infrastructure projects.
- Delivering targeted skills and training programs to address regional skills shortages.
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