David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Federal funding flows to Goondiwindi region

November 23, 2021

The Federal Government continues to back communities in Maranoa impacted by and recovering from drought with two organisations in the Goondiwindi region set to receive a total of $69,033 under Round 22 of the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s Tackling Tough Times Together program.

The Texas Technology Museum will receive $20,000 and the Goondiwindi Pastoral and Agricultural Society will receive $49,033 as part of nine new projects sharing in over $345,000 announced today. This federal funding injection will be amplified by co-investments that bring the total value of the projects to almost $1.4 million.

Federal Member for Maranoa, David Littleproud said these grants will provide a much-needed boost to the community.

“The Texas Technology Museum funding will be used to construct a pavilion that will house an exhibition of the history of communication and technology in regional Australia,” said Mr Littleproud.

“The exhibition will have examples of early communication methods used by the traditional owners on display while also highlighting the development of regional communications.

“Funding provided to the Goondiwindi Pastoral and Agricultural Society will help build a new community storage shed for use by five community groups with the shed providing safe and secure storage of valued equipment, resources, hazardous materials and vehicles.”

Mr Littleproud said that these projects not only provide economic stimulus but also help reduce social isolation, increase social and educational participation, address disadvantage for youth, reduce volunteer fatigue and build local capacity.

“We’ve already seen fantastic benefits flow from the projects supported so far so I can’t wait to see this next round build on that legacy to achieve even more in our communities.”

The Government has committed a total of $15 million to the Tackling Tough Times Together program, with $13.7 million of this already out the door to make over 420 projects a reality for drought-affected communities.

More information on the Tackling Tough Times Together program and the latest round of recipients can be found on the Foundation’s website at https://frrr.org.au/TTTT or by visiting the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website at www.regional.gov.au/regional/programs.