Queenslanders will be big winners out of the Local Green Jobs Package negotiated by the Greens as part of the $42 billion Federal stimulus package, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Brisbane today, where he was campaigning with Ronan Lee, Greens member for Indooroopilly.
"Up to 7000 jobs will be created by the $300 million Local Green Jobs Package secured by the Greens to provide one-off grants to projects run by church, charitable, community organisations and local councils that create jobs in local areas," Senator Brown said.
"This is a huge opportunity for Queensland councils, community groups and charities to create jobs in their local communities."
The $300 million Local Green Jobs Package includes:
- $200 million for one-off grants to church, charitable, community organisations and local councils for pilot projects to generate local employment opportunities
- $60 million for one-off grants to projects for the preservation of built and natural heritage
- $40 million grants for building cycling infrastructure
Ronan Lee, Greens member for Indooroopilly, encouraged local councils and community groups to apply for the funding by the funding deadline of 6 March 2009.
"Hundreds of jobs could be created by the numerous projects for bike paths and heritage works that are ready-to-go across Queensland."
Mr Lee said the Greens had also ensured all local councils in Queensland are eligible to apply for $500 million set aside for ready-to-go local infrastructure projects.
Mr Lee said Greens preferences would be crucial to the outcome of the impending Queensland election.
"Greens preferences determined the outcome of the last federal election and will be crucial in the state election."
"We are in discussion with both Labor and LNP about preferences and we are calling on Premier, Anna Bligh, to go the full term so she can implement at least those environmental promises she made before the last election."
"Otherwise it is difficult to see us recommending preferences to Labor in any significant way."