COUN­CIL WINS $1.7M FUND­ING

All cor­ners of Banana will ben­e­fit

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Vanessa Jarrett Vanessa.Jarrett@cen­tral­tele­graph.com.au

THE LAT­EST round of Works for Queens­land fund­ing was an­nounced by the State Govern­ment last week and Banana Shire was lucky enough to be a re­cip­i­ent.

“I am pleased to an­nounce that Banana Shire Coun­cil have been suc­cess­ful in ob­tain­ing $1.71 mil­lion in the 2017-19 fund­ing through the State Govern­ments Works for Queens­land pro­gram,” Banana Shire Coun­cil Mayor Nev Fer­rier said.

The pro­gram al­lows the projects to be fully funded by the State Govern­ment, with no re­quire­ment of funds from Banana Shire Coun­cil.

“Works for Queens­land is grant money given to coun­cils to stim­u­late jobs in re­gional Queens­land,” Cr Fer­rier said.

“The 2017-19 Works for Queens­land pro­gram sup­ports re­gional coun­cils such as the Banana Shire Coun­cil to un­der­take job-cre­at­ing main­te­nance

and mi­nor in­fra­struc­ture projects.”

In 2016-17, 700 projects

were ap­proved across the state and seven projects were funded lo­cally.

Each el­i­gi­ble lo­cal govern­ment was al­lo­cated about $1 mil­lion, with Banana Shire Coun­cil re­ceiv­ing al­most dou­ble this amount.

“Banana Shire Coun­cil has iden­ti­fied seven pri­or­ity projects for the shire,” Cr Fer­rier said.

He added there were 12 towns in the Banana Shire Coun­cil area and the aim was to spread the money right across the re­gion.

“Coun­cil has fo­cused on spread­ing this fund­ing through­out the whole shire,” Cr Fer­rier said.

“The projects un­der­taken with th­ese funds will be staged and com­pleted over the next two years.”

With­out this fund­ing, a num­ber of nec­es­sary projects would have been un­able to go ahead.

“Coun­cil would like to thank the State Govern­ment for the Works for Queens­land fund­ing re­ceived in this round, as well as the fund­ing in early 2017,” Cr Fer­rier said.

“The coun­cil has tar­geted projects which are im­por­tant, but due to higher pri­or­i­ties, funds have pre­vi­ously been un­avail­able.

“I am pleased with the ap­proved projects and would once again like to thank the State Govern­ment for their gen­er­ous fund­ing.

“We look for­ward to the economic ben­e­fit and job stim­u­lus th­ese projects will de­liver across the shire,” the mayor said.

PHOTO: VANESSA JARRETT

HAPPY DAYS: Cal­lide Dam play­ground opened this week thanks to State Govern­ment fund­ing, with more projects to come.

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UP­GRADE: Lawgi Hall is due for a new mu­ral. Taken in 2014, Lawgi Hall did have a mu­ral on it but it was painted over when the hall was re­clad.

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