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QLD, NT and SA receive major funding to boost employment

  • Posted on Monday 22nd, June 2020.

Joint initiatives will support infrastructure construction jobs across the country.

The flow-on benefits will include infrastructure improvements for road users including hard-working truck drivers who have maintained essential services throughout the Covid-19 lockdown.

The arrangements will provide an additional $415 million to Queensland and $53 million to the NT to deliver shovel-ready infrastructure projects and urgent road safety upgrades

Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, said further investment in infrastructure would play a critical role in the Commonwealth’s JobMaker plan and help both Queensland and the NT economies recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Partnering with state and territory governments to invest in more major infrastructure projects across Australia is a key part of our JobMaker plan to rebuild our economy and create more jobs,” said Morrison. 

“This funding injection means we have secured additional infrastructure funding of almost $1.9 billion for Queensland and nearly $190 million for the NT over the past eight months.

“This builds on the fast tracking of $1.4 billion for Queensland and $147 million for the NT which we announced last November, locking in priority upgrades that will increase productivity, improve safety, and boost jobs at a time we need it most.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the funding injection would support local jobs, businesses and the economy whilst providing lasting infrastructure to help the NT and Queensland bounce back as Covid-19 restrictions ease.

“Every single job we can support means more Queenslanders and Territorians and their families have one less worry during these unprecedented times,” said McCormack.

“We have worked closely with State, Territory and Local Governments to identify shovel-ready projects right across the country to strengthen the economy and get money flowing into jobs and businesses as soon as possible,” he said.

Today, the Morrison and Marshall Governments extended its support for construction jobs across South Australia by jointly investing an additional $145 million to deliver shovel-ready infrastructure projects and urgent road safety upgrades.

Morrison said further investment in infrastructure would play a critical role in the Commonwealth’s JobMaker plan and help the South Australian economy as it recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Stephan Knoll, said the focus on regional road upgrade across the state would stimulate regional economies and improve road safety.

“This massive investment in regional roads will support regional jobs, communities and more importantly, help save lives on our country roads,” said Knoll.

“We are funding a suite of safety improvements across the state which will include fixing  Long Valley Road through localised widening, shoulder sealing, intersection treatments, safety barriers and sight distance improvements.”

The jointly funded package is supported by investments from the Morrison ($115.6 million) and Marshall Governments ($28.9 million).

Commonwealth funding for the package has been drawn from the recently announced $1.5 billion allocation to priority shovel-ready projects and targeted road safety works.

The Morrison Government has now committed more than $9 billion to transport infrastructure in South Australia.

Earlier this week, it was announced by the Federal Government that the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) was also set to benefit from a $35 million allocation for urgent road safety upgrades and infrastructure project work.

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