COUNCIL WINS $1.7M FUNDING
All corners of Banana will benefit
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.
HAPPY DAYS: Callide Dam playground opened this week thanks to State Government funding, with more projects to come.
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.