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Council welcomes $7.4m boost from Feds

FRASER Coast residents can expect new roads, parks or recreational spaces thanks to a $7.4 million injection by the Federal Government.

New payments to the Fraser Coast and Bundaberg regional councils have been made under the government's Financial Assistance Grant program.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the council could spend the funds how it pleased.

"Councils are free to spend this untied grant funding according to local priorities, including for infrastructure, health, recreation, environment, employment and roads projects," he said.

"Oh great," Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said.

Cr O'Connell doesn't have a shopping list but he said the money would most likely go towards key infrastructure projects.

"Anything we can do to get economic development, therefore job security and job growth," he said.

"Key infrastructure is where we will need to put the money."

Cr O'Connell said the council would still need to sit down and finalise the details of how the money would be spent.

"I really welcome that sort of support," he said.

"It'll be regional Queensland like the Fraser Coast that will really drive the national economy."

The Federal Government is providing $2.3 billion to local councils nationwide.

"I am looking forward to seeing our local councils target local priorities with this funding, along with additional funding provided by the Federal Government under the Roads to Recovery, Black Spot and Bridges Renewal programmes," Mr Pitt said.

Hinkler Electorate

  • $15,047,775 provided overall
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council $7,425,733
  • Bundaberg Regional Council $7,622,042

Topics:  federal government, fraser coast regional council, funding, gerard o'connell, mayor




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