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first_imgToowoomba, Lockyer Valley and Somerset receive share in $100 million for community infrastructure Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning The Honourable Dr Steven MilesToowoomba, Lockyer Valley and Somerset Regional Councils are sharing in $100 million for shovel-ready community infrastructure projects that could create hundreds of jobs.Lockyer Valley Regional Council is receiving $4.03 million, Somerset Regional Council $3.89 million and Toowoomba Regional Council $5.11 million.Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government Steven Miles said the councils were sharing in $100 million over the next three years through the Palaszczuk Government’s South East Queensland Community Stimulus Program (SEQCSP).“This is part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery, to create jobs across SEQ by assisting councils to fast-track investment in new infrastructure,” Mr Miles said.“We made a commitment during the election to provide an additional $200 million over six years to the 12 councils in the South East.“We’re delivering on our promise with the rollout of the first $100 million today, which will help councils deliver projects that will stimulate employment, boost local economies and improve communities.”“This is great news for the region’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.“In 2020, through the COVID Works for Queensland program and the Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package, the South East councils received $100 million to help deliver 151 projects, which the councils estimate will support or create more than 2,500 jobs.“This funding has gone towards great community infrastructure like a learn to ride course at the new Fairways Park in Lockyer Valley equipped with imitation road signage, pump tracks, dog park, nature play elements, shelters, barbecues and more.“Water security upgrades have also been funded including upgrades to the Jondaryan Reservoir, new Trunk Water Mains to meet growth in Meringandan and a new pipeline connection to provide a high reliability treated water supply into the township of Valeview from Toowoomba.“In Somerset Regional Council we’ve funded sporting facility upgrades including a recycled water pipeline at Fernvale Sports Park to help keep the fields maintained during drought and LED field lighting for Lowood Recreation Complex, Kilcoy Hopetoun Field and Esk Recreation Grounds.”Through the SEQCSP, $74 million is allocated to the councils and the remaining $26 million will be distributed on a competitive application basis.From the $74 million worth of allocation funding:Lockyer Valley Regional Council – $4.03 millionSomerset Regional Council – $3.89 millionToowoomba Regional Council – $5.11 million /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Esk, Fernvale, Government, Hopetoun, Jondaryan, Kilcoy, Local Government, Lowood, Meringandan, miles, Palaszczuk, QLD, Queensland, recycled water, Somerset, stimulus package, Toowoomba, Toowoomba Regional Councillast_img read more