Barcoo gets drought funding boost

Media Release

WT357/2015

06 November 2015

Joint release with:

Barnaby Joyce

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources

Barcoo Shire residents and businesses have received a significant boost with $750,000 in funding approved for major stock and feral animal fencing upgrades as part of the $35 million Drought Communities Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the fencing will stimulate economic growth in the region.

“The Drought Communities Programme is investing in projects that stimulate communities affected by drought, including through the creation of jobs and economic activity for local businesses,” Mr Truss said.

“Using this funding, approximately 55 kilometres of high-quality livestock and feral animal fencing will be installed near Windorah, Jundah and Stonehenge—a significant investment in the region. The fencing will reduce the chance of native wildlife entering these towns and make them safer for the local community.”

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 are expected to create employment for up to eight apprentices and farmers, boosting the region's prosperity and supporting local businesses,” Mr Joyce said.

“Importantly, the apprentices are expected to remain employed with Barcoo Shire Council following the completion of these projects.

“The Australian Government is providing $35 million in funding over four years to ensure drought-hit communities continue to function as they should. The Drought Communities Programme has received 23 submissions since it started, highlighting its importance to drought affected communities.”

Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott said this 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. 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,” Mr Scott said.

“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