COVID Works for Queensland projects for Ipswich

New footpaths in Ipswich CBD, a new toddler playground at Redbank Plains Recreation Reserve, upgraded playground equipment at Tiny Tots in Boonah and Tamborine Memorial Park and upgraded electrical infrastructure at Lake Moogerah Caravan Park are just some of the projects that will create jobs and benefit the Ipswich and Scenic Rim communities as part of Queensland’s economic recovery plan.

Member for Ipswich, Jennifer Howard said the COVID Works for Queensland program would deliver 18 projects across the region, creating or supporting 173 local jobs.

“As Queensland emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Palaszczuk Government is laying a strong foundation for economic recovery,” Ms Howard said.

“Funding from our government will allow four projects in the Ipswich electorate to go ahead, creating four jobs and supporting five others.

“The projects for the Ipswich electorate include a new amenities building for the SES depot, improving the water quality at Fail Park in North Booval, upgrading a footpath in the Ipswich CBD and upgrading irrigation systems at the Queens Park Croquet Club.

“This funding means we’re supporting local businesses and local jobs wherever we can.”

State Member for Jordan, Charis Mullen said with more than $4.4 million allocated to Ipswich City Council, the local community can expect to see a new water treatment plant at the Orion Lagoon, as well as better pathways around Clancy’s Reserve in the next 12 months.

“While there’s no doubt our community is resilient, I know these projects, and the jobs they create, will be extremely welcome during this tough time,” said Ms Mullen.    

Member for Bundamba Lance McCallum said the Redbank Plains project was the centrepiece of a $2 million investment in the local community.

“This reserve is a great asset for Bundamba, and the planned upgrades will further broaden its appeal as we all work towards a healthier and more active Ipswich,” Mr McCallum said.

“The reserve continues to be a destination for locals and visitors alike, and this is a welcome investment in our youth, our families and our greenspaces that will support jobs as we continue to Unite and Recover.”

State Member for Ipswich West, Jim Madden said across the State, every council area is benefitting from the COVID Works for Queensland program, including $1.7 million for Scenic Rim Regional Council. 

“In total, 520 projects are being funded, which the councils tell us will support or create more than 4,600 jobs.

“It’s a fantastic outcome and will go a long way to helping Queensland unite and recover.”

Projects for Ipswich and Scenic Rim communities include:

  • Ipswich City Council – constructing a new amenities building at the SES Depot, installing a new water treatment plant at the Orion Lagoon in Springfield, and improving the pathway at Clancy’s Reserve
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council – replacing the carpets in the Boonah Cultural Centre, upgrading parks at locations in Kalbar, Canungra, Beaudesert and Tamborine Mountain, and improving security at council libraries

The program is part of the Queensland Government’s $6 billion economic recovery strategy Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs.

Projects are required to be completed by June 2021.

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