Paroo drought funding measures approved
06 November 2015
Joint release with:
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
Residents of the Shire of Paroo have received a significant boost with $1.5 million in funding approved for four projects as part of the $35 million Drought Communities Programme.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the funding will improve the region's resilience during times of drought.
“The Drought Communities Programme is investing in projects that stimulate communities affected by drought, including the creation of jobs and economic activity for local businesses,” Mr Truss said.
“These four projects will see gravel sheeting and grading of Blue Grass Road, Jobs Gate Road, Thurlgoona Road and Western Warrego Road, totalling over 75 kilometres of road.
“These much needed road works will deliver a much better driving experience for residents and improve connectivity to the national freight network for local graziers. The Australian Government is providing $35 million in funding over four years to ensure local communities continue to function as they should.”
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce said with many local businesses and residents impacted by drought in recent years, the funding boost will come as a relief.
“These upgrades will directly create 40 jobs for locals, while another 10 workers will also have indirect employment through these projects, improving the region's economic prosperity,” Mr Joyce said.
“I am particularly pleased these upgrades will help improve the efficiency of moving livestock to domestic and international markets. The Drought Communities Programme has now approved over $5.5 million in projects for Balonne, Barcoo, Bulloo, Burke and Paroo shire councils, highlighting the importance of the programme to drought affected communities.”
Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott said funding will help ease the pain of communities looking down the barrel of their third consecutive year of drought.
“I understand that when the money runs out on the farm, the money runs out in town,” Mr Scott said.
“This funding will deliver small infrastructure projects in drought-affected communities across my electorate that will provide crucial jobs and put money back into the hands of local businesses. It and other Federal Government drought assistance measures will ensure rural and remote communities can survive the drought, with support for producers, farm businesses and local communities.
“I encourage all eligible councils to submit their project proposals for the $35 million Drought Communities Programme as soon as possible.”
More information on the programme can be found at http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/dcp/index.aspx