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The positive impact of the popular Works for Queensland Program is being felt across Queensland.

It will inject $600 million into the regions to build infrastructure and create and support jobs.

Councils report that it has created or supported more than 11,500 jobs and counting.

Acting Director of Finance and Funding, Jasmina Nuhovic, says the department manages a portfolio of funding programs that total over $1 billion.

“We have learnt to ensure that our design of funding programs meet the needs and essential priorities of the communities,” Ms Nuhovic said. “So, we engage with councils on an ongoing basis to ensure that we listen and act on what they tell us.”

But its impact is also on the ground, with projects large and small making communities more vibrant, economically sustainable and better places to live, work and play.

In Far North Queensland it’s projects like the Yorkeys Knob foreshore upgrade, the Port Douglas–Flagstaff Walking track extension or the upgrade of the Ivan Evans Walking Track that create jobs and give hope to those who have been unemployed.

Regional Director, Northern, Jo Stephenson said, “Travelling through the North, it is clear that Works for Queensland is having a significant impact in all towns and cities, with improved footpaths, playgrounds and roads. Mayors and Councillors are telling me it is providing jobs and training opportunities in their communities.”

The Goondiwindi region has been boosted by the revamp of the Goondiwindi Waggamba Community Cultural Centre and the Texas School crossing and sports field.

The Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program (LGGSP) continues to deliver for councils to meet their communities’ needs.

Projects such as Dalby’s Knowles Pavilion has been redeveloped, transforming this historic showground hall into a modern civic centre.

Noosa residents will soon enjoy an expanded, state-of-the-art library thanks to a LGGSP grant. Work has also started on the Tablelands new community Education, Training and Disaster Coordination Facility which is partly funded by a LGGSP grant.

Regional Director, Southern, Patti McKay said, “It is amazing the difference these projects make in our regional communities. They include projects for critical water and sewerage, and contributions to fabulous tourism destinations like the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton.”

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