$100k for huge town makeover

The Western Star - - News -

CUN­NA­MULLA will have new life breathed into it as part of Ru­ral Aid’s Sus­tain­able Com­mu­nity pro­gram’s $100,000 com­mit­ment to sup­port a makeover of ten towns over a five-year pe­riod.

Ru­ral Aid’s Farm Army of vol­un­teers will spend a week in the town next year bring­ing a wel­come fi­nan­cial in­jec­tion to the town’s lo­cal busi­nesses.

Sec­re­tary of the Cun­na­mulla Show So­ci­ety Amy Palmer said the com­mit­tee was in­spired to ap­ply for the fund­ing to give the Cun­na­mulla show­grounds a much needed facelift.

“As you’re driv­ing into Cun­na­mulla, the show­grounds are the first thing you see so we re­ally wanted to give it a makeover and make it look loved,” she said.

With the Cun­na­mulla Show So­ci­ety be­ing one of the only pri­vately owned ones in Queens­land, they rely on fund­ing and the tire­less ef­forts of three com­mit­tee mem­bers to en­sure the town’s renowned events go ahead.

“It’s been a strug­gle over the years but we wanted to keep it (the com­mit­tee) go­ing be­cause we be­lieve in the tra­di­tion, so this fund­ing will be a good boost to move for­ward,” Ms Palmer said.

“There was over 60 ap­pli­ca­tions from all over Aus­tralia and they de­cide based on the vi­sion we put for­ward. We high­lighted how much the drought is af­fect­ing these small com­mu­ni­ties and how the fund­ing would make things a bit bet­ter in these tough times.”

Ms Palmer said she hopes the makeover will at­tract more peo­ple into the town, which in turn will boost the econ­omy.

“We hope to ex­pand the space and make it a re­ally nice venue so we can hold a few more events there,” she said.

“I felt like this is a new chap­ter for us and just couldn’t be­lieve we were so lucky.”

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