Drought funding will offer boost to region
TOWNS in the southwest are set to benefit with the announcement from Maranoa MP David Littleproud for Federal Government funding in drought-affected regions.
The Paroo, Murweh and Maranoa shires are currently facing an ongoing drought and through the Drought Communities Programme the funding is designated to support communities in the most drought-affected regions of Australia.
Mr Littleproud has secured $1million worth of funding for the Paroo shire to upgrade the John Kerr Park which involves construction of new change room and public toilet facilities, a rejuvenated turf field with irrigation and perimeter fencing.
A total 667 metres of new concrete pathways and kerbing will also be laid-out around the town.
The Murweh shire has been allocated $1m to assist with new developments and upgrades in Charleville and Augathella.
The Augathella Aged Care Residence was granted $200,000 for upgrades, $250,000 for caravan parking and rest area, $100,000 for the Charleville Depot Ablution block, $400,000 for the Charleville Industrial Precinct groundworks and $50,000 for a learn-to-swim pool.
Mr Littleproud has also secured an additional $187,000 worth of drought-relief funding through the Empowering our Communities initiative to enhance mental well-being for people dealing with drought.
Concerned that people are not reaching out when they need help in western parts of Maranoa, Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Qld will also receive additional funding to upskill locals so that they too can support those affected by mental illness.