David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

$1 million worth of projects for practical outcomes around Longreach

March 20, 2020

The Longreach region will have a fresh look once numerous construction projects are completed, thanks to a $1 million investment through the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme (DCP), Maranoa MP David Littleproud said.

“This funding is part of the Federal Government’s $8 billion drought response, to upgrade local infrastructure and give people more reason to get involved around the community,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The goal is to provide short-term support through the drought by boosting local employment, public facilities and bringing people together for some good times.

“While there has been general rain in the region, many missed out and it takes more than one or two wet events to get out of drought.

“One of the great things about DCP is that funds are driven down into local groups who have a say in which local is contracted to make the upgrades.

“When community groups make these informed decisions, they are justifying projects that are worthwhile for that sports club or community.

“Drought certainly impacts on how we manage our businesses and personal lives, but it does not have to change how we get involved and support local groups and the community.”

DCP-funded projects in the Longreach Regional Council include:

  • Replacement of water pumping station in Longreach to ensure water pressure and supply, as well as sewer mains;
  • Installation of solar panels on council infrastructure and a new roof on the reverse osmosis plant in Longreach;
  • Installation of an ablutions block in Isisford;
  • Construction of fences at a number of Council assets;
  • Replacement and refurbishment of the Yaraka playground.

All Maranoa council regions are eligible to apply for funding through the Federal Government’s $300 million Drought Communities Programme Extension round.