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Regional jobs program to be expanded in budget

Support for regional jobs will feature in Tuesday's Queensland budget.
Support for regional jobs will feature in Tuesday's Queensland budget. Sarah Harvey

REGIONAL jobs and infrastructure spending will receive a boost in today's State Budget.

Expanded versions of the regionally focused Back to Work and Works for Queensland list will be major parts of the budget - but the government is being tightlipped on how much will be spent on the programs.

Back to Work received $100 million of funding at the 2016 budget and aimed to directly fund 8000 jobs. A government spokesman said the program had helped 4700 people find work in regional Queensland.

The $200 million Works for Queensland program helps councils build infrastructure, which the government said was supporting about 6000 jobs.

NewsRegional understands there will be significant additional investment in the two programs in the budget.

But a government spokesman would not reveal how much more money either program would receive, nor where the money would come from.

The spokesman said the programs had already created jobs.

"These programs are working, because they are getting more Queenslanders into jobs,” the spokesman said.

"The Palaszczuk Government is outspending the LNP's flawed and rorted Royalties for Regions program, and that will be more evident after the next budget.”

Opposition leader Tim Nicholls on Monday said the government had let down Queenslanders on employment

"Well you wouldn't need a jobs bonanza if you hadn't had a jobs drought and you hadn't had 30,000 jobs lost,” Mr Nicholls said.

"They've been promising jobs, jobs, jobs in their last two budgets and all we've seen is jobs go missing here in Queensland.”

- NewsRegional

Topics:  2017 queensland budget back to work program employment jobs works for queensland


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