Regional councils from across Queensland have applied for infrastructure funding under the Works for Queensland project.
Regional councils from across Queensland have applied for infrastructure funding under the Works for Queensland project. Kevin Farmer

Councils apply for Qld Govt grants

EVERY eligible council in Queensland has applied for funding through the State Government's Works for Queensland program.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said 65 councils have submitted more than 700 projects to the $200 million scheme. The program targeted the state's 65 regional councils.

Ms Trad said the 700 projects could create about 6000 jobs across regional areas and upgrade local infrastructure.

"It's creating real jobs for regional Queensland - and will create a whole lot more,” she said.

"In just four short weeks, we will have gone from releasing the allocations for Works for Queensland to being in a position to announce more successful projects and jobs for Queenslanders.”

But the LNP has criticised the government's jobs record. Shadow treasurer Scott Emerson pointed to new jobs figures showing fewer people looking for work.

"People are giving up looking for work in record numbers and unemployment is increasing, which is worrying news for Queensland,” he said.

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