Build­ing a bet­ter fu­ture for Maranoa

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THE MARANOA is set to re­ceive a share in

$200 mil­lion for vi­tal in­fra­struc­ture fund­ing, re­leased in last week’s bud­get.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Mark Furner was tour­ing south-west Queens­land this week to hear from the may­ors in the re­gions about their pri­or­ity lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects that could be funded by Works for Queens­land or the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Grants and Sub­si­dies Pro­gram to sup­port jobs.

“I want to hear about the shovel-ready in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects lo­cal may­ors have, and where we can, get those plans mov­ing to max­imise the ben­e­fits to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties,” Mr Furner said.

Maranoa will re­ceive $1.35 mil­lion of the fund­ing and Mr Furner said the best thing about this round of fund­ing was that the coun­cil’s would have more time to pre­pare.

“The beauty about this fund­ing this time around is that it’s over a two-year pe­riod so it gives them that time to plan as op­posed to pre­vi­ously when it was a lit­tle bit rushed,” he said.

While travelling around the re­gion, Mr Furner re­marked on the warm­ness of the com­mu­ni­ties he vis­ited.

“The weather has been cold but my re­cep­tion has been so warm,” he said.

“It’s been a great trip and I’m look­ing for­ward to the next time I’m here.”

He said ap­pli­ca­tions for the next round of fund­ing opened this week and would close on July 28.

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