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The $375 million Building our Regions program delivers essential infrastructure projects in Queensland’s regional communities—supporting jobs, creating economic development opportunities and improving liveability.

From December 2015 to December 2016, the program has seen successful projects announced from Round 1 and Round 2, and expressions of interest close for a supplementary round. Projects shortlisted for funding under the supplementary round will be announced in January 2017. Round 3 is scheduled to commence in 2017.

Projects span the length and breadth of regional Queensland — view the interactive map.

Successful projects range from water, waste and sewerage to cultural, sports and recreation projects, and from airport upgrades to flood mitigation programs—all making a real difference in regional communities.

Councils

There are 70 regional councils eligible to apply for Building our Regions funding. Across Round 1 and Round 2, 91%—or 64 councils—have submitted applications for their projects.

Projects

Under rounds 1 and 2 of Building our Regions 93 projects have been funded.

Funding

Building our Regions funding leverages additional investment from councils, the Australian Government and other organisations to deliver projects.

Total project cost $425.7 million

Funds paid to date

All councils successful in gaining funding through Building our Regions enter into a funding agreement with the department within three months of the funding announcement, and prior to construction commencing.

To kickstart projects, councils receive a small upfront payment with other monies paid in arrears following expenditure.

Claims can be made at any stage of project implementation—either at intervals throughout delivery, or when construction is complete—and to date $16,034,654 program funding has been paid out to councils.

Infrastructure projects take time to be delivered and some projects commenced under Round 1 will be ongoing until 2018.

Jobs

Round 1 project construction will support 687; Round 2 project construction will support 610. These two rounds will support 1297 jobs.

Round 1 project construction is supporting the following cumulative job numbers.

Program acceleration

The two-year funding commitment for Building our Regions was brought forward to be available from 2015–16 instead of the original 2016–17. Round 2 was also accelerated by six months.

Round 1 of the Building our Regions program was brought forward by 12 months.

Round 2 was accelerated by an additional six months.

Project acceleration

Throughout 2016, the department has been working with councils to try to deliver projects sooner. As a result, 14 projects commenced construction four or more weeks ahead of schedule—a cumulative total of 105 accelerated construction weeks.

In addition, Cardno has been commissioned to identify opportunities to accelerate the delivery of five high-value projects in Port Douglas, Bromelton State Development Area, Moranbah, Roma and Ravenshoe.

The aim of this work is to accelerate the construction schedule of each of these projects, so that the community will realise the benefits of these projects sooner.