Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has continued her tour of the state’s north, splashing cash to shore up support among battleground electorates.
The incumbent Labor Government has promised to spend another $1 billion on the education sector to upgrade schools, which will in turn provide significant work for tradies.
“Our Great Schools, Great Future policy will provide new, modern learning facilities for young Queenslanders no matter where they live, with the added economic benefit of providing jobs for local tradespeople,” she said in Cairns on Friday afternoon.
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The initiative will be spent on upgrading dozens of education centres across the state as well constructing 16 new schools to meet demand of rising population.
“Not only will this mean more comfortable and modern educational facilities, but it also means a significant pipeline of work for local tradies,” the premier said.
“Queensland’s economic recovery from COVID-19 begins with job creation and our investments will see the creation of more than 3,100 local construction jobs across the state.”
Meanwhile, in Central Queensland, Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has fattened her infrastructure pitch to voters with a $50 million commitment to upgrade the Peak Downs Highway.
She told reporters on Friday the investment would create 150 construction jobs.
“An LNP Government will upgrade sections of the highway under three packages, including widening areas between Mackay and Nebo, widening areas between Nebo and Clermont, overtaking lanes and the replacement of eight narrow bridges,” Ms Frecklington said.
“We’ll make the movement of freight along this crucial corridor safer and more productive and provide more than 150 construction jobs.
“This is a great safety and productivity boost for businesses that operate around Clermont, Moranbah and Mackay and some of the major mines that make up the Bowen Basin.”
The LNP leader claimed the Labor Government had slashed $12 billion from the infrastructure sector in the last five years.