3 September, 2021
Federally funded Local Government Spending Spree
Regional councils across North Queensland have been on a building spree thanks to millions of dollars in federal grants designed to improve road safety, tourism, town beautification and liveability.
North Queensland-based Senator and Special Envoy for Northern Australia, Susan McDonald, said the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program had proven to be a major driver of road improvements, parkland upgrades and community hubs.
“This funding program is further proof that Morrison Government is the most regions-focused administration we’ve had,” she said.
“These small Northern councils really have to be congratulated for their relentless lobbying to myself and Ministers directly in Canberra.
“The most pleasing thing about these grants is that they are being used for grassroots, practical projects that will have a marked effect on regional populations for generations.
“With small populations and low rates revenue, councils need help to maintain and create infrastructure that makes their regions more liveable and that gives people a sense of pride in their communities.”
More than $3.6 million in grassroots funding will flow into Far North Queensland Councils. Funding will be a range of projects including critical road upgrades as well and water and community infrastructure projects.
To the north Carpentaria Shire Council will receive more than $500,000 for projects including roadworks that will allow for construction of more housing in Normanton ($400,000, due Dec); Normanton town beautification and public art.
The Bramston Beach Campgrounds have received an overhaul to their Seepage Trench and toilet block, costing $50,000.
More than $1.3 million for the Cassowary Coast Regional Council for sealing of Warrami Road south-west of Tully, water drainage and associated works ($750,000); major works on Warrakin Road south-west of Innisfail ($450,000).
Hinchinbrook Shire Council - $533, 143 for major upgrades to Rotary Park including soft-fall matting and wheelchair access, covered barbecue facilities.
Mareeba Shire Council - $725,000 for a new bore and water mains supply at Chillagoe. $638,943 for parks and facilities upgrades across shire.
Malanda ($500,000), all-abilities playground at Tolga and multisport infrastructure ($400,000); covering Ravenshoe netball courts ($150,000)
Yarrabah Community Council - $108,000 for new pathway.
More information is available https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/about/local-initiatives/local-roads-and-community-infrastructure/