Llew O'Brien - federal coalition candidate for Wide Bay.
Llew O'Brien - federal coalition candidate for Wide Bay. Alistair Brightman

LNP promises $20 million fund for Wide Bay jobs

FRASER Coast businesses will have access to a $20 million fund to create investment and jobs if the Coalition is returned to office next month.

The jobs package will invest up to $20 million in the Wide Bay Burnett region, which includes the Fraser Coast.

Minister for Regional Development Senator Fiona Nash was joined by former Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Wide Bay candidate LNP Llew O’Brien in Maryborough to make the announcement.

The Wide Bay Burnett Jobs Package (WBBJP) is a dedicated pool of funds that will be available to enable local businesses to expand to create local jobs, grow skills in the local workforce, pursue export opportunities, and strengthen the economy.

"This specific, targeted, and tailored investment pool will assist existing local businesses to grow and offer incentives for metropolitan based businesses to expand their businesses into the Wide Bay Burnett region – creating new sustainable jobs,” Mr O’Brien said.

He said grants from the package would enable businesses to diversify their operations, support infrastructure projects and invest in skills development and training programmes.

"Local communities will assess their region's economic opportunities and competitive advantages to develop local investment plans to kick start the economy, creating a community-driven, government investment partnership between the Coalition Government, business and local communities,” he said.

"The Coalition understands locals know their regions best, which is why their knowledge will be a vital part of the Coalition's WBBJP.

"As well as offering a great lifestyle and comparatively lower cost of living, the Wide Bay Burnett region has abundant natural advantages - spectacular environments, productive fishing and agriculture industries and great tourism opportunities.

"While the local economy has historically been driven by agriculture and manufacturing, with changing demographics the Coalition's WBBJP combined with local leadership will drive the region forward.

Speaking in Maryborough, Minister for Regional Development and Nationals Deputy Leader Fiona Nash said the project would create community-driven government investment.



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