David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Quilpie facelift and roadworks set in stone

February 14, 2020

Improved gravel roads and shopfront refurbishments are just a couple of the projects Quilpie Shire will undertake with $1 million, thanks to the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme (DCP), Maranoa MP David Littleproud said.

“This funding is part of the Federal Government’s $8 billion drought response and by re-sheeting gravel roads and shopfronts in Quilpie, visitors and residents will have extra incentive to shop locally and support businesses,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The goal is to provide short-term support through the drought by boosting local employment, public facilities and bringing people together for some good times.

“While there has been general rain in the South-West, many missed out and it takes more than one or two wet events to get out of drought.

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

“When local groups make these informed decisions, they are justifying projects that are worthwhile for that sports club or community.

“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 local groups and the community.”

DCP-funded projects in the Quilpie Shire include:

• Re-sheeting gravel roads
• Refurbishment of the Quilpie racetrack;
• Enhancing visitor experiences in Eromanga with a new streetscape;
• Shop front refurbishment program;
• A virtual reality display in Quilpie to retain visitors for an additional overnight stay.
All Maranoa council regions are eligible to apply for funding through the Federal Government’s $300 million Drought Communities Programme round.