THE HON CATHERINE KING MP, MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
THE HON SHAYNE NEUMANN MP, FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BLAIR
Communities in Blair are now eligible for funding for projects that will deliver great spaces and places for our communities.
The $285.8 million South East Queensland Liveability Fund includes funding from the Albanese Government, the Palaszczuk Government and the Council of Mayors (SEQ).
$18.18 million is available to Ipswich City Council, and $1.66 million for Somerset Regional Council to deliver projects that will help build healthier, liveable and connected communities.
That includes new parks and projects that promote health and wellbeing, as well as community infrastructure that complements new housing supply or urban renewal.
Councils can also apply for funding for regional sporting and recreation facilities to drive engagement in local sport in the lead-up to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The fund also covers projects that meet the program’s wider vision to support local businesses, jobs and maximise opportunities for First Nations people.
The SEQ Liveability Fund is part of the South East Queensland City Deal.
Quotes attributable to Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King:
“We have an opportunity to deliver a region-shaping legacy with the hosting of the Olympic Games, and unlock a stronger future for communities.
“The Australian Government is working closely with our state and local government partners to achieve this legacy.
“With one in seven Australians living in SEQ, we will deliver liveability improvements to our cities and suburbs, ensuring a high quality of life – and the SEQ Liveability Fund will keep this commitment on track.”
Quotes attributable to Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann:
“This is chance to make our region an even better place to live and work.
“The Albanese Labor Government is committed to making sure our investments leave a real legacy for the community.
“This is the fastest growing region in Queensland and this funding will support important community infrastructure, so we can maintain our enviable lifestyle into the future.
“We already know Ipswich, the Somerset Region and Karana Downs area are wonderful places to live, and with three levels of government working well together, they will only get better.”
- The SEQ Liveability Fund is open for expressions of interest from eligible local governments.
- Outcomes of the expression of interest stage are expected by the end of 2023, with projects to start being rolled out from mid-2024.
- More information is available on the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website: https://www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/planning/south-east-queensland-seq-city-deal/a-more-liveable-seq
- Enquiries can be directed to [email protected]