Councils pick up state funds

Jim Madden and Jennifer Howard.
Jim Madden and Jennifer Howard. Rob Williams

RESIDENTS from Ipswich through to Somerset are set to benefit from state infrastructure funding provided to local councils.

The Palaszczuk Government will provide $60million to be shared among all 77 Queensland councils as part of the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.

Since 2015, more than $240,000 in funding has been delivered to the Somerset Regional Council from the LGGSP, while the program has delivered more than $1.3 million for projects in the Ipswich City Council area.

Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said councils would benefit from a new approach to the program that would cut red tape.

"Extending the funding from one year to two, allows council the flexibility to undertake works at any stage during the two-year period, freed from the constraints of applying for, and delivering projects within a one-year timeframe," Ms Howard said.

Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden said with an extended timeframe, councils could think bigger in terms of the projects they submit for funding.

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