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Job figures show Works for Queensland is a winner
The program is helping fund hundreds of local projects from art installations to road upgrades
A new job creation program focused on building projects managed by Queensland’s local councils has coincided with an increase in regional employment, according to figures compiled by the Local Government Association of Queensland.
The result comes at a time when the Palaszczuk Government is channelling hundreds of millions of dollars into regional communities to help kick start employment through its Works for Queensland program.
The 2017 Local Government Workforce Census found that there were more than 40,490 people employed by local councils, a 2.75 percent increase on the previous year.
This included a 0.53 percent rise in employment in councils outside southeast Queensland, where the Works for Queensland program is focussed.
The program is helping fund hundreds of local projects from art installations to road upgrades as a means to grow and maintain employment levels in regional parts of the State.
The LGAQ Census showed that there was an increase in council employment in both southeast Queensland councils (3.2 percent) and non-SEQ councils (0.53 percent), giving an overall increase of 2.75 percent statewide.
LGAQ chief executive Greg Hallam said the figures suggested Works for Queensland was having a positive impact on jobs.
'Anecdotally, the arrest in the decline in local government employment numbers that has been recorded can be attributed in part to the successful Works for Queensland initiative in non-SEQ councils and preparation for the Commonwealth games in SEQ,' he said.
'Our Census covers workers directly engaged in local government - employees only, not contractors.'
The LGAQ is encouraging the Government to build on the formula that drove the $400 million Works for Queensland program through introducing allocative local infrastructure funding throughout the entire state.
Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006
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