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Jobs and Regional Growth Fund announced

The Queensland Government has launched a $130 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund to create jobs in regional Queensland.

The Jobs and Regional Growth Fund will provide assistance for:

  • projects that require direct and immediate assistance to help early stage development, such as feasibility studies;
  • more substantial assistance for more developed businesses to expedite or facilitate project implementation; or
  • development of common-user infrastructure opportunities to underpin development of multiple projects.

Full details to be released in the near future.

Rockhampton CBD Inner City Apartment Development

Rockhampton will soon see a $14 million inner city apartment building with commercial and retail spaces built to attract people and investment back to the CBD.

The joint venture between the Queensland Government and Rockhampton Regional Council will transform a William Street carpark into a vibrant cultural and business hub.


The project will transform a William Street carpark into a vibrant precinct with an eight-storey, 47-unit development, designed to complement the nearby Schotia Place building, heritage areas and market lanes.The concept designs are a modern sustainable design including rooftop solar panels and green wall streetscaping.

The project is funded through the Advancing our Cities and Regions Strategy which aims to deliver community outcomes, create jobs and drive economic growth through the re-use of underutilised and surplus land.

12 Year Agreement With Lilyvale Solar Farm

Energy Queensland, through Ergon Energy Retail, has entered a 12-year agreement with the Lilyvale Solar Farm in Central Queensland further cementing Queensland’s credentials as a renewable energy hub.

The Power Purchase Agreement with Lilyvale Solar Farm secures an additional 100MW of renewable energy for regional Queenslanders.

The Lilyvale Solar Farm is being established by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures Services Australia (FRV Australia) approximately 50 kilometres North-East of Emerald.

The project will create around 200 jobs during construction, which will begin later this year and will power approximately 45,000 homes.

Capricorn Correctional Centre Expansion

An expansion to the Capricorn Correctional Centre will create 100 jobs during construction and more than 70 jobs once commissioned.

The $200 million project will provide an additional 164 cells at the centre.

The project is expected to start in November 2017.

Better Budgeting Program

The Queensland Government has announced that two financial councillors have been allocated to assist residents in Rockhampton, Biloela, Moura and Gladstone to better manage their money.

Rockhampton residents can access this support through Uniting Care Queensland, by telephoning 4930 7300.

Biloela, Moura and Gladstone residents can access this support through their local Anglicare Central Queensland Office:

  • Biloela – Ph. 4992 2421
  • Moura – Ph. 4997 3473
  • Gladstone – Ph. 4972 8220

This service aims to support people suffering from financial hardship by giving them the tools and strategies to better manage money.



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