David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Funding to help Southern Downs bounce back from drought

June 1, 2021

Improving community facilities to boost capacity and support volunteers will be key goals on the Southern Downs, thanks to more than $90,000 secured through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program, Maranoa MP David Littleproud said.

“It’s great to see funds flowing to a number of important community projects across Maranoa through Round 20 of the TTTT program which will help to stimulate regional economies and strengthen social connections in our drought-affected communities,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The Swan Creek Hall is an important community facility and local meeting place, so it’s great to see $41,501 has been granted towards a floor replacement which will increase safety for the various community groups that utilise the Hall.

“With an injection of $32,659, the Amiens History Association will construct a new multi-purpose shed with solar panels at the Amiens Legacy Centre to support the group’s sustainability for years to come.

“The Killarney Bowls Club will be supported with $16,100 to purchase new kitchen appliances for the clubhouse. This investment will boost the Club’s capacity to host events and support the work of volunteers.”

Across Maranoa, 11 projects will be funded with $374,370 through Round 20 of the Tackling Tough Times Together program.

Mr Littleproud said the projects supported through the latest grants round will provide relief and assistance to volunteers, get more members of the community out and about and upgrade community spaces and infrastructure, making life that bit easier in drought-affected regional communities

“We are proud to continue supporting the Foundation’s important work at such a critical time, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with these local groups to help deliver crucial projects that will strengthen regional economies and social bonds in drought-affected communities,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The Federal Government is backing regional Australia every step of the way to ensure communities bounce back stronger than ever.”

Tackling Tough Times Together Round 20 projects in Maranoa:

Recipient Project Funding
Killarney Bowls Club Inc Purchase New Kitchen Appliances $16,100
Farm 2 Fork Collective Inc Future Proofing the Farm 2 Fork Collective $19,475
Charleville & District Cultural Association Inc Charleville Creative Lane 2021 $20,000
Back to the Bush Festival Inc Miles Back to the Bush Festival – It’s the people that make it $23,452
Amiens History Association Inc Multi-function solar shed and access pathways $32,659
Roughlie Community Centre Inc Shaded Outdoor Area $34,000
Thallon Progress Association Inc Sculptures in the Scrub – Thallon Art History Trail $35,876
Swan Creek School of Arts Committee Inc Swan Creek Hall Floor Replacement $41,501
Booringa Action Group Inc Booringa Fire and Water Festival $41,653
South Burnett Mountain Bike Club Inc Gordonbrook Dam Mountain Bike Park $49,654
Texas P-10 State School Parents and Citizens Association Texas State School Middle School Playground Facility $60,000
Maranoa total   $374,370.00