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Tourism, leisure and liveability given major boost with $2.59 million funding

4 October 2017

Parks and pools across the region are set to get a facelift with Western Downs Regional Council receiving $2.59 million under the second round of the Queensland Government’s 2017-19 Works for Queensland program, boosting local jobs and infrastructure.

  • The funding will be allocated across nine projects in Chinchilla, Dalby, Jandowae, Mount Mowbullan, Miles, Tara and Wandoan;
  • Designed to support job-creating maintenance and minor infrastructure projects, this next round of funding will create an estimated 66 jobs across the Western Downs;
  • Adding to the projects already delivered under the 2016-17 Works for Queensland program, the $2.59 million will see our communities benefit from enhanced cultural and recreational facilities; and
  • All nine projects are required to be completed by 30 June 2019.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Jackie Trad said that it’s important to build on the success of the first round of Works for Queensland

“Western Downs Regional Council has received a total of $5.19 million to deliver 18 projects which council has estimated would support or create 191 local jobs,” Ms Trad said.

“Works for Queensland is helping to deliver great community infrastructure projects right across the state, creating jobs where they are needed and giving a boost to regional economies.”

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh has welcomed the second round of Works for Queensland funding, saying it will boost the Western Downs’ great liveability and enhance tourism opportunities.

“The first round of Works for Queensland funding has already seen instant benefits delivered straight back into our communities with new footpaths, landscaping and facilities,” he said.

“This additional $2.59 million provides a great opportunity for us to build on what has already been an exceptional year for our region by enhancing our vibrant community hubs, like our parks, pools and must-see tourist destinations.

“With our first round of projects set to wrap up in November, we’re busy planning nine new projects, many of which have been championed by our residents as essential infrastructure for their local communities.

“From much-needed shade protection in Tara Lions Park, to an architecturally designed viewing platform at the Bunya Mountains Mount Mowbullan lookout, there will be plenty of reasons to stop and take in all the best our region has to offer.

“We already know that the Western Downs is a great place to live, and these projects will help in making our communities even better for our residents and visitors to enjoy.”

2017-19 Works for Queensland funded projects:

  • Tara Lions Park — Replacement of park shade protections
  • Chinchilla Skate Park — Refurbishment
  • Thomas Jack Park, Dalby — Replacement of existing toilet block
  • Dalby Swimming Pool — Upgrade of the 50 metre pool grandstand
  • Solar installation — Chinchilla Works Depot and Jandowae and Wandoan Water Treatment Plants
  • Bunya Mountains Outlook — Construction of a new viewing platform at the Mount Mowbullan lookout
  • Regional Aquatic Centre Project — Implementation of expert review recommendations for the repair and maintenance of Council’s six swimming pool facilities
  • EV Charging Station, Dalby — Supply and installation of an electric vehicle charging station
  • Miles Town Entry Statements Upgrade — Landscaping and streetscaping of Miles’ town entry points

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Media Contact:

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