The Queensland Budget will directly support Darling Downs with significant expenditure in 2021-22 including:
$763M for Infrastructure
for productivity-enhancing infrastructure and capital works, estimated to support around 2,500 jobs in this region.
$1.1B for Health
for the Darling Downs and South West Hospital and Health Services.
$67.7M for Education
to maintain, improve and upgrade schools on the Darling Downs.
Darling Downs will also benefit from:
$9.8M for Works for Queensland
from 2021 to 2024 for regional councils to undertake job-creating maintenance and minor infrastructure projects on the Darling Downs.
$20.8M for Social housing
in 2021-22 to expand and improve social housing on the Darling Downs.
$13.2M for South West Hospital and Health Service
for the construction of projects at multiple sites.
Restoring frontline services on the Darling Downs
Growth from March 2015 to March 2021
258 extra teachers up 9.2%
513 extra nurses up 29.3%
152 extra doctors up 45.9%
57 extra firefighters up 56.3%
Delivering for the Darling Downs region
$33.6 million of grants awarded to 358 applicants to drive innovation, build on our natural advantages, and help raise Darling Downs’s profile as an attractive investment destination. Part of the $755 million Advance Queensland initiative.
(July 2015 to March 2021)
Drought Relief Assistance Scheme Funding
$34.3 million in financial assistance provided to 2,173 Darling Downs farms to help manage the impacts of drought.
(March 2015 to April 2021)
Payroll tax relief
579 employers on the Darling Downs received $19 million in payroll tax refunds, holidays or waivers to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on businesses.
(As at 12 May 2021)
Building our Regions
$55.4 million allocated to 30 critical infrastructure projects on the Darling Downs, supporting economic development and supporting 399 jobs.
(March 2015 to June 2021)
Explore other Darling Downs expenditure:
Southern Downs Drought Resilience Package
The Queensland Government is investing $19.34 million in a drought resilience package to keep the taps flowing in the Southern Downs. While recent rain has provided much needed relief in the region, this investment provides long-term water security for the local communities and immediate funding to construct new groundwater bores, upgrade critical infrastructure and unlock new water sources to extend the existing supply. The funding includes $8.1 million for Seqwater to lay the groundwork for the Toowoomba to Warwick pipeline.
Investment in water security continues to be a high priority for the government and this funding package supports the delivery of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery, which includes building our regional water infrastructure. Since 2015, the Queensland Government has committed $1.9 billion to water infrastructure across the state.
Darling Downs wind farm powering jobs
The Queensland Government’s $250 million investment in the 103 megawatt Karara Wind Farm will underpin regional jobs and growth, and support the state’s 50 per cent Queensland Renewable Energy Target by 2030.
The Karara Wind Farm, to be owned and operated by the Queensland Government’s low-emission energy generator CleanCo , will form part of the 1,026-megawatt $1.96 billion MacIntyre Wind Farm Precinct being developed in the Darling Downs by ACCIONA Australia.
The precinct will provide up to 400 jobs during construction, with an additional 240 jobs for the construction of the 64 kilometre transmission line, and 14 full-time jobs once in operation. The local spend during construction is expected to exceed $500 million. Early works are expected to start in the second half of 2021 with the precinct fully operational by 2024.
Tax relief package
The government provided significant tax relief to support Queensland businesses, landlords, tenants, pubs and clubs, including:
- payroll tax refunds, waivers and deferrals for eligible businesses, targeted at small to medium businesses
- a payroll tax exemption for wages subsidised by the JobKeeper payment
- land tax rebates, waivers and deferrals for eligible taxpayers.
An estimated 420 employers in Darling Downs will also benefit in 2021-22 from the higher payroll tax threshold.
$2 billion Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund
The $2 billion Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund will provide cheaper, cleaner energy to power more jobs and industries in Queensland, while helping to deliver on our 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030.
The Fund will increase investment by government-owned corporations in commercial renewable energy and hydrogen projects, along with supporting infrastructure, including in partnership with the private sector.
Forming part of the new $3.34 billion Queensland Jobs Fund, this investment will ensure Queensland capitalises on economic development opportunities and creates more jobs and industries through cheaper, cleaner energy.