49,000 extra jobs in regional QLD

Toowoomba is a shining example of how regional Australia will form the future of the nation and fuel its economic growth and jobs creation.

From the Armitage Centre on Neil St to the corridors of Canberra, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull lauded the Garden City as the exception to the rule of how three levels of government had partnered to build a strong regional economy.In his first address to the nation, it was Toowoomba the prime minister used as an example for regional Australia; its innovation and economic confidence which inspired landmark projects and development.

The Pulse Data Centre and Wellcamp Airport, both driven by private enterprise, and the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing’s public-private funding split were exemplary developments, he said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gives a national address from the Empire Theatre, Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Joined by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and newly appointed Regional Development Minister John McVeigh, Mr Turnbull said his government was focused on jobs growth in regional areas and decentralisation.

“Decentralisation is really about ensuring every part of Australia benefits from the economic growth that we’re seeing, and the jobs growth we’re seeing,” Mr Turnbull said.

“With all the benefits of broadband, better telecommunications technology, your geography, where you’re actually sitting, is less important that it used to be.”

After a whirlwind tour of the Pulse DC and a pitstop to Kingsthorpe to review works on the $635 million Warrego Highway Upgrade Project, Mr Turnbull took the Armitage Centre stage and confirmed tax relief for middle-income workers and jobs generation.

He said 120,000 regional jobs had been created last year, with 49,000 of those in regional Queensland.

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