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More funding to help Western Downs tackle drought

Events to reduce social isolation in Miles and new solar panels for the Warra Tennis Club will soon be delivered on the Western Downs, thanks to $21,710 secured through the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal’s Tackling Tough Times Together program, Maranoa MP David Littleproud announced today.

“The Drillham Primary Parents and Citizens Association will benefit from $13,000 for the ‘Along the Garden Path’ project which aims to reduce social isolation in the community of Miles,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The project will deliver creative arts activities, enabling the Miles community to come together and connect during times of hardship.

“With an injection of $8,710, the Warra Tennis Club Incorporated will save on power bills through the purchase and installation of a solar panel system.”

Across Maranoa, more than $347,110 will be invested under this latest round of grants, supporting 10 projects that will create stronger local economies, reduce volunteer fatigue and reduce social isolation in our rural communities.

“The Australian Government’s $15 million commitment to the FRRR Tackling Tough Times Together program supports hundreds of projects run by local groups in drought-affected regional communities,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The program has a range of benefits, including reducing social isolation, stimulating the local economy and supporting social and educational participation for disadvantaged youth.

“I urge all community groups in Maranoa to apply for funding under the Tackling Tough Times Together program to bring their much-needed initiatives to life.”

Under Round 19 of the program, the Federal Government has committed over $1.1 million to support 24 individual projects nationwide.

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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