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Eidsvold gym not under threat: LNP

QUESTIONS RAISED: Labor candidate for Callide Darren Blackwood and his son Cooper Blackwood outside the multi-purpose community shed in Eidsvold.
QUESTIONS RAISED: Labor candidate for Callide Darren Blackwood and his son Cooper Blackwood outside the multi-purpose community shed in Eidsvold.

UPDATE 4:00pm:

LNP Candidate for Callide Colin Boyce has hit back at the Labor Party saying the Eidsvold gym is "not under threat.”

Mr Boyce said if the LNP is elected, all Works for Queensland commitments will be honoured.

"We will honour our commitments to these programs, it will be replaced by the Royalties for Regions program which is five times bigger than the W4Q,” he said.

"We're investing more than $500 million into the Royalties for Regions program whilst the W4Q was only $100 million dollars.”

Mr Boyce described the Labor Party's tactics as "absolutely ludicrous.”

LNP candidate Colin Boyce, KAP candidate Robbie Radel and ALP candidate Darren Blackwood.
LNP candidate Colin Boyce, KAP candidate Robbie Radel and ALP candidate Darren Blackwood. Vanessa Jarrett

EARLIER:

THE multi-purpose shed in Eidsvold featuring a gym and boxing facilities is under threat by the LNP government, according to Labor candidate for Callide Darren Blackwood.

Mr Blackwood said Works for Queensland, the popular State Government program currently funding initiatives like the one in Eidsvold, may not continue under an LNP government.

He said the W4Q program was crucial for the five councils in Callide, allowing them to pursue job-creating infrastructure projects and asset maintenance without spending time on grant applications and awaiting submission results.

"Works for Queensland is vital funding that provides the opportunity for councils to upgrade and create new infrastructure that will benefit the entire region,” he said.

"But the real beauty of the program is that it creates jobs.

"In my experience, W4Q projects have overwhelming support from the councils and community groups that have witnessed what this funding can do.”

Mr Blackwood said the North Burnett Regional Council had received $1.58 million for a range of community projects in 2017.

Mayor Rachel Chambers said it wasn't very often that regional councils got the opportunity to spend money on projects which improved liveability.

"This funding gave us the opportunity to give the community some nice outcomes. Roads and waste facilities are necessary but to feel good about living in a community, we also have to enjoy our surroundings,” Cr Chambers said.

"This is the first time, funding of this nature has been available to us and we applaud the government for this initiative, it will improve our community well-being.”

Topics:  colin boyce eidsvold gym labor party lnp candidate callide north burnett qld election qld election 2017 wide bay burnett works for queensland


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