David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Australian Government funding makes 15 priority projects in Longreach a reality

March 22, 2022

The Coalition Government is investing $2,392,350 in priority projects around Longreach, supporting local jobs, businesses and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Made possible under the third phase of the Australian Government’s $2.5 billion Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program, projects to be delivered by Longreach Regional Council include:

  • $150,000 for Longreach Childcare playground replacement
  • $15,000 to install a new tree line and irrigation at Yaraka Park
  • $25,000 for Isisford MPC kiosk repairs
  • $50,000 for Isisford Park renovations
  • $65,000 for Ilfracombe Rec Centre maintenance including air-conditioning and floor coverings
  • $40,000 for Showgrounds landscaping
  • $45,000 for installation of new speakers at the Showgrounds
  • $15,000 for Rec Centre decking and stairs replacement
  • $126,850 for painting of the Civic Centre Auditorium
  • $330,000 to demolish and replace the Edkins Park toilet block
  • $522,500 for installation and repair of streetscape along Eagle Street CBD in Longreach
  • $575,000 for asphalt and line marking of Eagle Street, between Landsborough Hwy & Pelican Street
  • $50,000 for Isisford footpaths from Police Station to Isisford State School
  • $285,000 to pave and seal Isisford Airport Rd
  • $98,000 for concrete footpaths at Longreach State Primary School

Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the funding reflects Longreach Regional Council’s top priorities and will ensure the needs of local communities are met.

“With the challenges presented by COVID-19, bushfires, floods and other events, the past couple of years have been tough for communities, businesses and local councils,” Mr Littleproud said.

“That’s why we have moved quickly to approve funding for 15 projects in the Longreach area, paving the way for shovels to hit the dirt to make them a reality.

“This will provide a vital boost for our local communities, backing local jobs and economic growth while delivering lasting upgrades that will benefit residents for years to come.”

Mr Littleproud said the LRCI program is having a significant impact across the country and is delivering the best outcomes for locals.

“More than 2,000 projects are already complete or under construction – delivering upgrades to local roads, bike paths, community halls, playgrounds, parks and sports facilities, as well as improved accessibility to public facilities,” he said.

“Phase 3 will build on this, delivering more jobs, more economic stimulus, and more of the local priority projects that communities need and deserve.”

“We also get councils to use local businesses and workforces to deliver these projects as much as possible, ensuring this stimulus flows directly into the hands of hard-working Aussies, their families, their businesses and their communities.”

For more information on the $2.5 billion LRCI program, including the allocations for the $1 billion third phase, visit https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/local-roads-and-community-infrastructure/.