David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Drought Communities Programme Extension delivers $1 million boost to Western Downs roads

September 10, 2020

Smoother and safer rural roads are coming to the Western Downs thanks in part to a $1 million investment through the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme Extension (DCPE), Maranoa MP David Littleproud announced today.


“One of my goals as the Member for Maranoa is to continue improving our public infrastructure, highways and roads for safety, more efficient movement of goods and so that we are better connected with our community,” Mr Littleproud said.


“This project on the Western Downs involves over 45 kilometres of gravel re-sheeting to rural roads, which will improve the safety and all-weather access for both primary producers and local residents.


“It is pleasing to see the Western Downs Regional Council prioritising transport infrastructure in the region, as these upgrades will help to get locals home quicker and safer, while also generating local employment and boosting community sustainability.


“This $1 million in funding is part of the Federal Government’s $10 billion drought response, and that includes investments to make our communities resilient and better prepared for the next drought.”


“The goal of DCPE is to help keep local economies going even through the tough times caused by the drought. That’s why this program is so important, because it helps keep people working, helps keep cash-flow going and ensures that local businesses can keep operating.”


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