The beginning of a Queensland Government drive to create jobs
In her first press conference of the year, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that the government would bring forward two construction projects, which will provide hundreds of new jobs. Premier Palaszczuk said that she is determined to generate growth and create jobs this year by accelerating projects in the cities of Townsville, Cairns and surrounding regions.
The Accelerated Works Program (AWP) will see new road developments and upgrades worth up to $61 million, along with a $3 million tender for two new trade training centres in Townsville and Cairns. Public works initially due to commence in July 2016 will now take place in April 2016 with tenders underway within weeks. The Premier intends to roll out programs for other regions in Queensland including parts of the North.
In order to achieve this objective, Ministers have set a two week deadline to identify and prioritise projects across the state. Businesses and Government agencies will also be asked to list the projects they can bring forward to help fulfil the commitment. The AWP projects are part of the Government's commitment to drive the economy forward and create new jobs.
South Australia's Government to create new construction jobs
Construction will begin on almost $2.5 billion of major infrastructure projects in South Australia this year creating thousands of jobs. The Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said that together with continuing projects more than $6 billion of major infrastructure projects are underway or about to start. Infrastructure projects commencing this year include the $985 million Northern Connector road upgrade, the $620 million Darlington Upgrade and the $160 million O-Bahn tunnel works.
The three projects alone are estimated to provide more than 850 jobs in 2016, along with public housing projects creating 1000 jobs from 2016 to 2018.
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