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Parklands a showcase in Budget for Chinchilla district

20 June 2018

The Chinchilla Melon Festival is one of the iconic events the Western Downs is famous for.

The Chinchilla Melon Festival is one of the iconic events the Western Downs is famous for.

Western Downs Regional Council has handed down a sound financial Budget which includes major projects for the Dalby district.

Mayor Paul McVeigh said the 2018/19 Budget delivered on Council’s promises to address water concerns in the region as well as create an entertainment venue capable of hosting major events for the Western Downs.

“We’ve listened to the requests of our residents and one of those is for a sustainable water source to service our region into the future,” he said.

“That is why Council is investing $1 million to drill an additional bore in Dalby, as part of a multi-faceted approach to addressing the call for reliable water for our ratepayers across the Western Downs.

“We have also budgeted $1 million towards the Knowles Pavilion Upgrade to create an entertainment precinct capable of hosting large conferences and other community and major events that will not only benefit residents but act as a major drawcard for tourism in our region.”

Mayor McVeigh said the Budget also allocates a significant $7.7 million for capital works for roads, bridges and footpaths in Dalby, Bell, Jandowae and surrounds.

“We are aware of the role our road network plays not only in the economic viability of our region, but also in connecting our communities, families and tourism attractions,” he said.

“This includes $2.8 million for road reconstruction and bitumen upgrades across the region, so that our residents can continue to drive safe along our 7,500km of roads in the region.

“This Budget allocates money for Dalby and district to key infrastructure projects as well as regional attractions such as the Knowles Pavilion Upgrade which make our communities great places to live.”

Mayor McVeigh said road infrastructure isn’t the only big ticket item in the Budget with Council allocating a combined $520,000 to support the delivery of Dalby’s three major festivals in 2018/19.

“There’s nothing quite like seeing our community come alive when our major festivals roll around and this financial year we have not one but three coming to the Dalby district.

“The inaugural Big Skies Festival was a cracker of an event and Council enjoyed bringing an all-star Australian line-up to Jimbour House that we’re bringing it back in 2019.

“The benefits that Big Skies, Opera at Jimbour and Dalby’s Delicious and Delightful Festival bring to the region are ten-fold. Seeing our hotels full, restaurants and pubs buzzing and the main street busy is fantastic and we want to continue to support the great work our staff and the festival committees do.”

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