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Council’s $1 Million funding success

8 December 2016

Mayor Paul McVeigh and Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Cr Carolyn Tillman in Dalby at the soon to be revitalised Myall Creek Parklands, with the project successfully receiving a 60% funding subsidy from the Queensland Government. Stage one will see the replacement of the Jack Cavanagh pedestrian bridge, increased walking paths, improved lighting, new playground and park equipment, and new landscaping.

Mayor Paul McVeigh and Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Cr Carolyn Tillman in Dalby at the soon to be revitalised Myall Creek Parklands, with the project successfully receiving a 60% funding subsidy from the Queensland Government. Stage one will see the replacement of the Jack Cavanagh pedestrian bridge, increased walking paths, improved lighting, new playground and park equipment, and new landscaping.

Western Downs Regional Council has successfully secured $1,070,790 in Queensland Government funding towards two of its major 2016/17 capital projects, under the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program (LGGSP).

  • The LGGSP provides funding assistance to deliver key infrastructure projects that meet community needs, and build sustainable and liveable communities;
  • Council’s $1.2 million beautification of the Myall Creek Parklands will receive a 60% subsidy of $740,790;
  • This project will breathe new life into the popular Dalby destination with new footpaths to complete the walking loop, shade shelters and gardens along the creek;
  • Council’s $810,000 investment in solar technology to power some of its high energy facilities will receive a 30% subsidy of $330,000;
  • Tenders are currently out for solar installation on 12 facilities across the region as part of Council’s bid to increase greener energy consumption, while driving down operational costs;
  • The total approved funding of $1,070,790 for both projects is great news for Council, representing a significant saving on its 2016/17 capital budget.

Mayor Paul McVeigh said he was thrilled to receive the good news from Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, particularly given how competitive it is across the State to receive funding assistance.

“Council submitted five projects for consideration under the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program, and to receive funding assistance for two of them reflects the quality and depth of our 2016/17 capital projects,” he said.

Mayor Paul McVeigh, Spokesperson for Council Facilities Councillor Ray Brown and Leasee of Swimwise Michael Wise, at the Dalby Aquatic Centre, just one of the 12 Council facilities targeted under Council's solar implementation plan that will receive a 30% subsidy under the 2016/17 Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.

Mayor Paul McVeigh, Spokesperson for Council Facilities Councillor Ray Brown and Leasee of Swimwise Michael Wise, at the Dalby Aquatic Centre, just one of the 12 Council facilities targeted under Council’s solar implementation plan that will receive a 30% subsidy under the 2016/17 Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.

“These two projects represent what Council set out to achieve in this year’s budget. That is, to deliver projects that make a real difference to our communities, and to seek innovative ways to reduce long-term operating costs.”

Council Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Councillor Carolyn Tillman said the approval of funding for the Myall Creek Parklands recognises the importance of parks and open spaces as a cornerstone of liveability.

“It’s our vision as a Council to ensure that our region’s parks and open spaces become recreational hubs for the whole community, so it’s fantastic to receive a 60% funding boost for the Myall Creek Parklands refurbishment,” she said.

Spokesperson for Council Facilities Councillor Ray Brown said funding towards Council’s investment in green energy solutions recognises its bid to find innovative ways to become more sustainable and cost effective.

“We are perfectly positioned to lead by example by joining the renewable energy revolution. As well as benefiting from the long-term cost savings, the switch to solar is also about creating clean and healthy communities,” he said.

The Council facilities to switch to clean, green solar energy by 30 June 2017 are:

  • Customer Service Centres in Dalby, Chinchilla, Tara and Miles;
  • Tara Memorial Hall and Miles Leichardt Centre;
  • Dalby and Chinchilla Aquatic Centres;
  • Miles and Tara Aged Care Centres;
  • Dogwood Crossing, Miles and the Chinchilla Cultural Centre; and
  • Chinchilla Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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Media Contact:

Cr Paul McVeigh | Western Downs Regional Council Mayor | 0408 700 392

Cr Carolyn Tillman | Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries | 0401 662 352

Cr Ray Brown | Spokesperson for Council Facilities | 0407 650 216