Lockyer and Somerset schools and councils will benefit from massive funding grants by the Queensland Government. (File Image)
Lockyer and Somerset schools and councils will benefit from massive funding grants by the Queensland Government. (File Image)

FULL LIST: New park, projects, school upgrades for region

A HUGE funding boost will provide jobs in the Lockyer and Somerset under two Queensland government initiatives announced.

South east Queensland schools will share in $8 million in upgrades and projects in a program aimed at developing jobs during the coronavirus downturn, announced yesterday.

In addition, both council areas receive shares of $50m under the unite and recover community stimulus package.

The major project for the Lockyer Valley is the construction of a large regional park at Fairways Estate, which Lockyer Valley Regional Council committed to in its 2020/21 budget this year.

The project is listed in two stages – 1C will form the $1m construction and estimated 12 new jobs, while stages 1B and 1D will contribute $1.7m to accelerate the park with an additional nine jobs.

In the Somerset, the Fernvale Sports Park pipeline project will receive $875,000 and create more than eight jobs to transfer treated waste water for irrigation from Lowood to the park.

EDUCATION PROJECTS

  • Kentville State School – $170,000 to refurbish their Block C building
  • Lowood State High School – $300,000 to construct an outdoor learning centre

COUNCIL PROJECTS

Lockyer Valley Regional Council

  • Fairways Park Stage 1c- Construction of this stage of large regional park. $1 million and estimated to create or support 12 jobs.
  • Urban Stormwater upgrades- improvements to stormwater assets at two locations in the region. $700,000 and estimated to create or support 8 jobs.
  • Laidley Transfer Station fence- improved fencing to meet environmental standards. $50,000 and estimated to create or support 4 jobs.
  • Laidley LED lighting- upgraded LED lighting in Laidley CBD area. $105,000 and estimated to create or support 6 jobs.
  • Laidley Pool Upgrade- new diving blocks and repairs to timber seating. $50,000 and estimated to create or support 4 jobs.
  • Gatton Cemetery Upgrades- extension to existing chapel and new columbarium wall. $65,000 and estimated to create or support 4 jobs.
  • Laidley Cultural Centre PA upgrades- improved sound equipment. $15,000 and estimated to create or support 2 jobs.
  • Cochran St Gatton footpath missing link- construction of missing link near William St. $15,000 and estimated to create or support 2 jobs.
  • Fairways Park Stage 1b and 1d- State contribution of $1.74 million to accelerate multiple phases this new regional level park. Estimated to create or support nine jobs.

Somerset Regional Council

  • Fernvale Sports Park pipeline- new pipeline from Lowood to deliver treated wastewater for irrigation. $875,000 and estimated to create or support more than 8 jobs.
  • LED Field Lighting- provision of upgraded field lighting at multiple sports fields across the region. $365,000 and estimated to create or support more than 3 jobs.
  • Fernvale Sports Park Lights- LED lights for sports park. $100,000 and estimated to create or support 1 job.
  • Rasmussen Road Mt Archer Roadwork- bitumen road surface installed to improve tourist experience in the area. $510,000 and estimated to create or support 2 jobs.
  • Brisbane Valley Rail Trail upgrades- improvements to surface and safety at several points on the trail to enhance tourist experience. State contribution of $1,082,457 and estimated to create or support more than 12 jobs.
  • Lowood-Minden Road Upgrade- road improvements to allow larger vehicles in an important transport corridor for livestock and produce. State contribution of $1,699,600 and estimated to create or support around 171 jobs.