21 May: The Scenic Rim is set to benefit from a number of initiatives announced from the Queensland Government this week, which will support economic recovery and access to the region.
The Scenic Rim is set to benefit from a number of initiatives announced from the Queensland Government this week, which will support economic recovery and access to the region.
Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said Council welcomed the announcements from the Queensland Government, and in particular the addition of the Scenic Rim region into the Queensland Government's Works for Queensland program.
"Because we are located in the south east, Scenic Rim is one of the councils that was previously excluded from accessing Works for Queensland programs, even though as a regional council we faced the same challenges as our other peers across the State," Cr Christensen said.
"While the detail is yet to become clear, I am optimistic that this will give us access to funding for programs that are otherwise difficult to afford with our small revenue base.
"We look forward to progressing projects that will further benefit our local communities both in liveability, as well as employment and economic outcomes.
"I congratulate the Local Government Association of Queensland, and in particular CEO Greg Hallam, for being proactive in their advocacy and championing their battleplan to support councils on behalf of all Queensland councils.
"I also acknowledge and thank the Queensland Government for recognising the specific challenges we are facing, not only here in the Scenic Rim, but across Queensland, and progressing solutions to support the State's economic recovery."
The Queensland Government also announced a road stimulus package to supercharge the State's economy through the COVID-19 recovery, which Cr Christensen said was also welcomed news.
"Our region relies on an integrated approach with our neighbours to improve the safety and performance of our freight, commuter and normal commercial sectors as they contribute to the success of South East Queensland, as well as to support visitor access to 'the richest place on Earth' here in the Scenic Rim.
"I have been a strong advocate for upgrades, particularly to improving the performance of the Mount Lindesay Highway as a critical enabler for the Bromelton State Development Area to come of age.
"While there will always be more we would like to see, we also celebrate every step of progress towards these improvements," Cr Christensen said.