David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

$1 million worth of projects for practical outcomes in Paroo Shire

March 20, 2020

The Paroo Shire will have a fresh look once numerous construction and rejuvenation projects are completed around the region, 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 Paroo Shire include:

• Rejuvenating the town entrances of Cunnamulla, Eulo, Wyandra and Yowah;
• Electrical and plumbing works on the Cunnamulla Railway Station tourist attraction;
• Upgrades to the Cunnamulla Golf Club;
• Installation of reserve water tanks and piping at the Cunnamulla Aerodrome;
• Construction of an ablution block and secretary’s box at the Noorama Race Club;
• Exclusion fencing of Wyandra township and airstrip;
• Repainting of Cunnamulla Visitor Information Centre;
• Landscaping and upgrades at the Paroo Shire Hall Courtyard and Cunnamulla footpaths.

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