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Green Light Given for Drought Community Projects

Drought Communities Programme – Update 2 

The North Burnett Regional Council has given the green light to $1 million worth of projects under the Drought Communities Program.

At a General Meeting held 29 April 2020, Council endorsed the town renewal projects which were identified as a result of extensive community consultation.

Mayor, Rachel Chambers said this an exciting day for our communities who have been drought declared since 10 September 2019.

“Thanks to this Federal Government initiative, we can now get on with the job of constructing vital projects for our communities.”

The Drought Communities Programme aims to utilise local businesses, suppliers and contractors to complete these projects and stimulate the economy.

One representative of Monto Magic Tourism Action Group Inc. (MMTAG), Project Coordinator, Mary Sharp is over the moon about endorsement of the Monto Magic Mural Art Trail Project by Council.

“MMTAG and the Monto community is thrilled that the Art Trail Project is going to happen!  This project will be the icing on the cake to the successful bid for the Rural Aide town beautification funding earlier in 2019. We’re excited to get started and show off our beautiful town.”

Mayor Chambers said that you can expect to see works starting on these projects over the coming months.

“Through the extensive consultation process, communities and Council were able to narrow down projects to fit within the $120,000 budget for each town.  At the moment, we are still working closely with the Mt Perry community to come up with a project that fits within the funding requirements.”

These projects were made possible with funding under the Drought Communities Programme – Extension delivered by the Australian Government – Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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