Western Downs and Maranoa councils to share in more than $1.6 million worth of jobs-supporting infrastructure grants

Communities across the Western Downs and Maranoa will see more jobs, increased liveability and stronger local economies with the approval of more than $1.6 million towards priority local infrastructure projects.

Works will include more than 1,300 metres of shared pathways through the Myall Creek Linear Park – Amos Street precinct, and the installation of a new bore to ensure Mitchell’s long-term water supply, made possible through the Queensland Government’s more than $58.5 million 2019-21 Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program (LGGSP).

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe congratulated the Western Downs and Maranoa Regional Councils on their successful projects.

“I applaud the councils and their initiative in recognising the need for these projects as well as securing the funding to help deliver them,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“This Government has committed to creating employment opportunities and these projects will do just that.

“Upgrading or building new infrastructure has an immediate positive impact on the liveability of a town or city.

“This can have fantastic spinoffs such as creating jobs, retaining and growing a population base and generating business confidence to invest locally.”

Maranoa Mayor Tyson Golder welcomed the funding.

“The program is all about benefitting the community and this funding means priority infrastructure projects will be delivered faster,” Mayor Golder said.

“It is a great example of the two levels of government working together for the local community.”

Western Downs and Maranoa communities will benefit from:

  • Western Downs Regional Council receiving more than $1.01 million for paths around Myall Creek Linear Park
  • Maranoa Regional Council receiving $600,000 to install Mitchell Bore 3

The $58.56 million 2019-21 Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program is designed to provide funding assistance to support Local Governments to deliver priority infrastructure and essential services that meet the identified needs of their communities.

The Local Government and Grants and Subsidies Program projects must be completed by 30 June 2021.

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