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Federal funding flows to Tambo public art installation

The Federal Government continues to back communities in Maranoa impacted by and recovering from drought with the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council set to receive $30,624 to install public artwork under Round 22 of the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s Tackling Tough Times Together program.

The artwork installation is one 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 this grant will provide a much-needed boost to the community.

“This funding will be used to install public artwork created by artist, Simone Eisler,” said Mr Littleproud.

“The artwork by Simone depicts the bottle tree form fashioned as a vessel, with a branch design referencing rivers, local fauna and community. This funding will enable the structure to be transported to Tambo for installation.”

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 or by visiting the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website at



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