Supporting The Bush

This Federal Election, councils have a set of priorities that will create more than 8000 jobs and generate $1.5 billion in economic activity for Queenslanders.

Every Queensland community contributes to the economic fabric of this nation. 

Every Queensland community deserves to be a liveable one. 

Almost 40 per cent of Queensland’s population lives outside major metropolitan areas. Rural and remote communities contribute significantly to Queensland’s economic prosperity and social fabric. 

Despite the challenges of servicing small widely dispersed communities and limited revenue sources, bush councils often step in to deliver community services provided to urban populations by other levels of government, the private or not-for profit sectors. 

One-size-fits-all government policies invariably generated in a big city environment – regularly ignore the unique circumstances existing in rural and remote economies. 

Priority Social Benefit Economic Benefit
Guarantee Queensland’s fair share of the $3.5b National Water Infrastructure Fund to deliver critical water security and drought relief projects across the state.  237 jobs Adds $131 million per year to GSP
Commit to calling a National Housing Summit to address the housing crisis affecting local communities and extend First Home Owner’s Grants to include existing stock  856 jobs and the stability & security of permanent housing  Adding $118 million to GSP