The Queensland Government has committed $120 million in funding over four years to improve water, wastewater and solid waste infrastructure for Indigenous communities.
Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Mark Furner, said the Indigenous Councils Critical Infrastructure Program funding was vital for the health of communities.
“I’m extremely proud to announce the Queensland Government’s commitment to strengthen indigenous communities has been backed with our $120 million investment,” Mr Furner said.
“The program is about ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote communities have infrastructure to improve living conditions and provide a sustainable future.
“This funding will be tailored to each community, supporting the infrastructure they need now and into the future, helping to close the gap on disadvantage.
“One of the great things about this program is that the councils actually develop the skills locally to manage the infrastructure and projects moving forward.”
Mr Furner said for councils in remote locations, access, distance and logistics meant the cost of the projects could be up to seven times higher than mainland and metropolitan areas.
“The level of funding provided for the Indigenous Councils Critical Infrastructure Program is crucial to meet the additional challenges many of these communities face.
“Communities will be pleased to know that the first stage of project approvals are already underway and some of the most vital infrastructure projects will commence shortly.”
On site condition assessments have been conducted to help prioritise projects that are necessary to the health and safety of communities, and designed to meet the specific needs of each location.