Round two of the Building our Regions program is now open and Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt has urged councils across Far North Queensland to get in quick to score project funding.

Mr Pitt said the Palaszczuk Government was looking for shovel-ready infrastructure projects to get them off the ground as quickly as possible.

“This round is worth $70 million and we’ve accelerated it by six months to help get new projects off the ground in regional Queensland,” Mr Pitt said.

“There is an independent assessment process that will be followed, but I want to see the Far North Councils applying for as much of that $70 million as possible.

“With council elections now over, I’m urging Councils including Cairns, Yarrabah, Cassowary Coast, Mareeba and Douglas to get in quick and put forward local projects for funding that will create jobs and deliver economic development.

“Round one of Building our Regions delivered more than $23 million in funds for critical infrastructure in Far North Queensland, supporting almost 190 jobs, so let’s continue the good work.”

“Councils simply have to put in an expression of interest to apply by Friday, 29 April which is just three weeks away.

“The Department of State Development will then assess their application and if they’re shortlisted, councils will have four weeks to prepare a detailed business case.

“In previous rounds we’ve seen funding secured for the Mission Beach Aquatic Facility, Aged Care in Mossman, the Port Douglas Water Supply Reservoir, Collins Avenue Bridge Renewal, Kuranda Suburban Water Security Project, Ravenshoe Wastewater Treatment Plant, Cooktown Airport Aviation Park, Kowanyama Mechanical Workshop Upgrade, Lockhart River Waterpark and Weipa’s new boat ramp.

“The applications submitted from councils in the Far North have always been outstanding and I urge them to keep up the good work, so we can partner to keep delivering the essential infrastructure that this great region needs.”

For more information on the $200 million Building our Regions program contact your local regional office, call the program team on 34527377 or visit: http://statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/buildingourregions