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Road upgrades to keep Wandoan community connected

20 June 2018

Council is committed to supporting local businesses and keeping communities connected in Wandoan.

Council is committed to supporting local businesses and keeping communities connected in Wandoan.

This financial year Western Downs Regional Council is spending $1.48 million on upgrading essential road, bridge and footpath infrastructure in the Wandoan area.

At the handing down of the 2018/19 Budget Council announced a capital expenditure program of $47.8 million, allocating $35.6 million of this towards the upkeep of the region’s 7,500 kilometres of roads.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said roads and bridges are the lifeblood of regional communities, connecting residents with essential services and most importantly their families.

“Looking after Queensland’s largest local road network definitely comes with challenges, but our community can be assured that we’re continuing to deliver extensive and well-maintained road infrastructure,” he said.

“Over the next year we’ll have crews out on Nathan, Giligulgul, Bundi, Roche Creek and M2 roads carrying out upgrades so our residents continue to make it home safe and sound.

“To complement these road upgrades Council has also committed a further $250,000 to restore the Giligulgul Road Bridge to allow for safer vehicle crossings.

“We’re also continuing to roll out our regional footpaths program in Wandoan which will provide walking links from the Golf Club to the CBD and Wandoan State School.”

Mayor Paul McVeigh said a facelift for the camping and recreational grounds at Waterloo Plain Environmental Park is on the cards in this year’s Budget.

“The wetlands is an incredible hidden gem of our Wandoan community and a great place for travellers to our region to pull up and camp for the night,” he said.

“In this Budget we’re bringing three new picnic tables to the park to make exploring the wetlands an even better experience for visitors and a great excuse for locals to wander down for a picnic.

“Making sure we have the facilities for travellers to visit the wetlands and enjoy spending time in Wandoan is a great outcome for everyone and means we’re helping to create valued open spaces that our community can be proud of.”

On top of the capital works expenditure Council is also continuing to add to the cultural experiences of our residents and not-for-profit organisations in the Wandoan area with $245,000 up for grabs in 2018/19 across Local Event, Minor Grants and Sport and Recreational Grants along with $60,000 of in-kind assistance.

Supporting local businesses and attraction is a key priority in this year’s Budget with the Wandoan Community Commerce and Industry Inc receiving $10,000 and a further $1,000 for the annual Year Ahead Series to help the business industry continue to grow in our regional communities.

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Media Contact: Lisa Machin | Media Relations Senior Officer | 0419 048 594