Santa’s wish list has become a little shorter today with the announcement that Boulia, Quilpie and Carpentaria Shires are now eligible to apply for funding through the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme (DCP).
Queensland LNP Senator Barry O’Sullivan said the funding would enable councils to invest in key infrastructure projects that will keep people employed and drive the local economy.
“I first stood in the joint party room in March and called on my government to deliver drought funding to our local councils,” Senator O’Sullivan said.
“Since then we have delivered funding to 20 councils in Western Queensland and northern NSW and have continued to fight alongside my colleagues, such as Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott, for other councils to be eligible for funding, especially Quilpie and Boulia.
“I want to acknowledge the work of my colleagues Senator Matt Canavan and State Member for Gregory Lachlan Millar, who delivered a report to our government which demonstrated Quilpie had been just as affected as other areas already declared under the DCP.
“This funding announcement is an early Christmas delivery to Quilpie, Boulia and Carpentaria Shires that will not only provide important economic stimulus for these regions, but will also give the community new projects to work towards during this difficult drought period.
“Now we just need drenching summer rain to put some icing on this cake.”
The Australian Government is providing $35 million over four years to fund local infrastructure initiatives in eligible drought-affected communities to build greater economic strength and sustainability.
Funding under the Drought Communities Programme fosters projects that stimulate local community spending and employment, use of local businesses and suppliers, as well as those which offer long-lasting benefits to regional communities.