Job-creating government works to be fast-tracked in regions

THE Queensland Government will accelerate $83 million in works projects in an attempt to create more than 100 jobs in regional cities.

Speaking in Parliament in Brisbane Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the government would be expanding the government's Accelerated Works Program in Gladstone, the Wide Bay, Mt Isa and Cairns.

The program was begun to create jobs in Townsville after the Clive Palmer-owned Queensland Nickel sacked 237 workers.

Ms Palaszczuk said the Accelerated Works Program had been throughout Queensland.

"We are prioritising projects that can start earlier than planned in 2015-16 or in 2016-17," she said.

"An additional $83 million projects across the Wide Bay and Burnett as well as in major centres including Mount Isa, Gladstone and Cairns.

"In total, these projects will support another 106 full-time equivalent jobs in regional Queensland."

Opposition leader Lawrence Springborg has previously criticised bringing forward projects, last year dubbing the plan "disappointing". - APN NEWSDESK