St George Cultural Centre gets a fresh lick of paint

Media Release


18 January 2018

Joint release with:

David Littleproud

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Federal Member for Maranoa

  • Upgrades at St George Cultural Centre and showgrounds now complete
  • Works included roof replacement at the Cultural Centre, and new horse stables at the showgrounds
  • Projects will deliver a boost to local community, and have created jobs

The town of St George has marked the completion of works on the Cultural Centre roof replacement and upgrades to the horse stables at the local showground.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the completion of the projects, funded under the Drought Communities Programme, was a great outcome for the local community, creating 10 jobs during construction.

“The Coalition Government's Drought Communities Programme is providing $35 million over four years to fund local infrastructure initiatives in eligible drought-affected communities to build greater economic strength,” Dr McVeigh said.

“The Cultural Centre has been hosting community events for over 40 years and will continue to support approximately 50 events held annually. The new replacement roof will ensure that it remains a safe and well-functioning venue for years to come.

“The two new steel horse stables at the St George Showground are a vast improvement on the old wooden stables, and will be used during campdrafts, the St George Show and other events.”

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud, who joined the community for the opening today and said the upgrades had revitalised the centre as well as reducing future maintenance and power costs.

“St George has been a resilient community through a tough drought, and the completion of this project will give the town another boost.

This upgrade will help to raise spirits in the community, which is so important during harder times.” Mr Littleproud said.

“The Coalition Government is supporting farmers affected by drought, and their communities. We are also helping with concessional loans and income support through the Farm Household Allowance as well as tax assistance and free rural financial counselling services.

“The Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper has made nearly $3 billion available, over the next 10 years, to help farming families, businesses and communities more resilient during times of drought and it's great to see these upgrades delivered.”

The Coalition Government invested a total of $139,160 toward the three projects.