Happy New Year — shire gets a sur­prise $1.99m

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

DOU­GLAS Shire is cel­e­brat­ing the new year, with news this week that a spe­cial grant from the state gov­ern­ment to re­gional coun­cils means the shire will have another $1.99 mil­lion to use on lo­cal projects.

It is an eco­nomic stim­u­lus pack­age that amounts to $200 mil­lion for re­gional coun­cils.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu was de­lighted with the news yes­ter­day, as it comes on top of a highly suc­cess­ful round of grant ap­pli­ca­tions late last year.

“It’s fan­tas­tic news be­cause there’s a num­ber of el­i­gi­ble projects we can ap­ply for un­der this fund­ing,” Ms Leu said.

“There’s a very wide of projects. I’ll be talk­ing with fel­low coun­cil­lors and staff im­me­di­ately about what sort of pack­age we can put for­ward to the gov­ern­ment. We’ve got two weeks to do it.”

Ms Leu said this Works for Queens­land pack­age re­minded her a great deal of the eco­nomic stim­u­lus pro­gram that was launched by the Gil­lard gov­ern­ment, in which ev­ery coun­cil re­ceived money for lo­cal works.

Ju­lia Leu

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