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$1.9bn flood works to boost Queensland employment

$1.9bn flood works to boost Queensland employment

Billions of dollars of infrastructure work earmarked across Queensland will create job opportunities.

The Queensland employment sector received a boost today (September 14) after the government announced a series of multimillion-dollar construction projects across the state – rebuilding flood affected communities.

As part of the Queensland 2012-13 state budget, $1.9 billion worth of reconstruction projects are earmarked to enable vital flood works, including the restoration of damaged roads, bridges, recreation facilities and parks.

State deputy premier Jeff Seeney said funding would be provided to local governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

“Over the next few months, people will see continued activity from crews right around Queensland as they get on with the job of restoring flood-damaged sections of our vital road network,” Mr Seeney explained.

With disaster clean-up already underway across the state, the latest projects to be announced are likely to create more jobs in Queensland, including opportunities in the construction and building sector.

The Darling Downs, Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Wide Bay, Ipswich, Brisbane, Mackay, Cairns and Fitzroy regions are all scheduled for multimillion-dollar projects.

Mr Seeney said Darling Downs – one of the worst hit regions in the 2010 and 2011 floods – will undergo $422.9 million worth of restoration works.

“More than 40 of the Lockyer Valley’s 48 bridges required some form of repair works after the 2011 flood event and this funding will continue the restoration of these facilities,” he said.

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