Capricornia MP Michelle Landry, Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd, Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash and Dawson MP George Christensen.
Capricornia MP Michelle Landry, Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd, Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash and Dawson MP George Christensen.

CQ's $30m shot in the arm for jobs

GRAEME Kanofski has been appointed chair of a committee to oversee a $30m stimulus package for the Central Queensland electorates of Capricornia, Flynn and Dawson.

The Capricornia-based Mr Kanofski will head a seven-person Local Planning Committee for the Bowen Basin Regional Jobs and Investment Packages program.

The $30 million package was an important election commitment to stimulate regional economies which take in a large slice of resource industries in Central Queensland.

Graeme Kanofski has been tasked with managing the deamalgamation of the former Livingstone Shire from the Rockhampton Regional Council.   Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Graeme Kanofski has been tasked with managing the deamalgamation of the former Livingstone Shire from the Rockhampton Regional Council. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison ROK090513ccouncil1

Joining Mr Kanofski (pictured above) on the board are:

  • Nigel Burnett
  • Ken Corfield
  • Melanie Davies
  • Adrienne Rourke
  • Wally Tallis
  • Melissa Westcott (Moranbah)

Capricornia MP Michelle Landry said the Local Planning Committee will develop a Local Investment Plan that will list the forward-looking growth sectors which it thinks will create sustainable jobs for the future in Central Queensland.

"Once the Local Investment Plan is done, the applications from the Capricornia, Flynn and Dawson regions can roll in,” Ms Landry said.

"This is a significant step forward to helping build and grow sections of our local economy which will produce jobs for decades to come.”

READ: Coalition commits $30m for CQ jobs package.

Mr O'Dowd, the Member for Flynn, said the the Coalition understood Australia's cities could not exist without its regions, which supplied cities with water, food, electricity and gas.

"We're so proud to give Central Queensland a $30 million shot in the arm,” Mr O'Dowd said.

"The Coalition is focusing on the basics - creating jobs. A package like this can make a real positive difference.

"Our 10 Regional Jobs and Investment Packages across Australia are worth a total of $220 million and aim to deliver the jobs of today which will still be there tomorrow,” Mr O'Dowd said.

Funding will be available across three streams: Local Infrastructure projects, Business Innovation Grants, Skills, and Training.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the Coalition Government's aim was to create more jobs and export opportunities.

For more information visit the Regional Jobs and Investment Package website.

Mr Kanofski's background:

  • In February 2016, it was announced as the chair of Regional Development Australia's (RDA) Fitzroy and Central West division
  • He was the Livingstone Shire Council transfer manager post de-amalgamation
  • He was the CEO of Gladstone Regional Council from 2008 (appointed in September 2007) after Calliope, Gladstone and Miriam Vale councils amalgamated and retired in July 2008
  • Began as cadet on former Mt Morgan Shire Council in 1975
  • Administration officer with Emerald Shire Council
  • Deputy shire clerk with Kilkivan Shire Council
  • Joined Calliope Shire Council in 1981
  • Calliope Shire Council CEO 1991-2008


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