David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Maranoa MP secures $1 million for drought-support projects in Winton

July 7, 2020

Maranoa MP David Littleproud has secured $1 million for the Winton Shire Council, through the Drought Communities Programme Extension (DCPE), to help rejuvenate and bring fresh appeal to the region’s public facilities.

“This funding is part of the Federal Government’s $8 billion drought response, to upgrade local infrastructure and give people more reason to be active and involved in the community,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The projects set for the Winton region will deliver an immediate cash injection to help keep locals employed, businesses open, money flowing and more reasons to support community facilities and events.

“While there have been good falls of rain earlier this year, it takes more than one or two wet events to get out of drought and recover.

“One of the great things about DCPE is that funds are driven down into local groups who have a say in which local is contracted to make the upgrades.

“When community groups make these informed decisions, they are justifying projects that are worthwhile.

“Drought certainly impacts on how we manage our businesses and personal lives, but it does not have to change how we get involved and support the community.”

DCPE-funded projects in the Winton Shire Council include:

  • Installation of large silhouette signs – ‘QANTAS’ and ‘Winton’ – as local landmarks and tourist attractions;
  • Development of a potable water infrastructure project at Corfield;
  • Construction of disabled access to at Winton Historic Society;
  • Installation of small cell satellites at Middleton and Opalton;
  • Upgrades to lighting and electrical systems at Winton saleyards;
  • Several Winton Community Projects, with funding allocated to local community and recreational clubs and organisations for specific community focused endeavours; and
  • Development of an Adverse Events Plan.

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