Tropical North Queensland Regional Jobs and Investment Package open for applications 31 May

Media Release

FN073/2017

19 May 2017

Joint release with:

Warren Entsch

Federal Member for Leichhardt

  • Tropical North Queensland Local Investment Plan approved.
  • Grant round opens 31 May.
  • Funding for local infrastructure, business innovation and skills and training.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash together with the Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch announced that the grants round for the Tropical North Queensland Regional Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP) will open for applications on 31 May, following the publication of the committee's Local Investment Plan.

“I thank the Tropical North Queensland Local Planning Committee for their hard work. Their plan is based on local knowledge of the Tropical North Queensland region.

“The Tropical North Queensland Local Investment Plan will ensure that projects funded align with local priorities.

“This is a great opportunity for the community of Tropical North Queensland to submit applications for key projects that will boost the local economy and create jobs,” said Minister Nash.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and investing in sustainable local jobs does just that.”

Mr Entsch said the Local Planning Committee has developed a Local Investment Plan that will create sustainable jobs for the future in Tropical North Queensland.

“Now that the Local Investment Plan is done, applications from the Tropical North Queensland region can roll in,” said Ms Sudmalis.

Mr Entsch said the Coalition Government's aim is to create more jobs and export opportunities.

“We aim to harness the broad range of skills in the Tropical North Queensland region to create more jobs, and I look forward to seeing what applications are put forward,” said Mr Entsch.

Mr Entsch said the Coalition invests in regional Australia because the Coalition understands the cities cannot exist without our regions, which supply cities their water, food, electricity and gas.

“We're so proud to give the Tropical North Queensland region a $20 million shot in the arm,” Mr Entsch said.

Funding will be available across three streams: Local Infrastructure, Business Innovation and Skills and Training, with the round opening for applications on 31 May.

For more information and to read more about the Local Investment Plan for Tropical North Queensland visit the Regional Jobs and Investment Package website.