The second round of the Queensland Government’s South East Queensland Community Stimulus Program is set to provide 12 SEQ councils with a share of $100 million for critical infrastructure projects. 

Queensland Minister for Local Government, Meaghan Scanlon, released the new program guidelines ahead of a meeting with SEQ’s mayors in Brisbane.

The program aims to fast-track investment in critical infrastructure and community assets, such as water supply and maintenance, roads and drainage, disaster resilience projects, community buildings and works to prepare sites for future housing development.

Under the new round, some councils will be able to put part of their allocated funding towards planning for key infrastructure and training for council staff to operate essential assets.

Ms Scanlon said that to support Queensland’s growth, not only is the government building more Homes for Queenslanders, it is backing SEQ councils to deliver essential infrastructure and services.

“Queensland needs more houses, and I am pulling every lever to deliver them,” Ms Scanlon said. 

“We’re investing not only in critical infrastructure but also in the sustainability of our councils, with the option to strengthen their workforces and plan for key infrastructure needs.” 

Queensland Assistant Minister for Local Government, Ali King, said that the state has already seen the benefits the SEQ Community Stimulus Program is delivering for local economies, tradies and families right across the region.

“We will work with local councils to ensure the best local projects are funded through this new round to support more jobs and liveable communities.”

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