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Ten projects funded for Miles as Council hands down 2018/19 Budget

20 June 2018

Council supports arts community in Miles with 2018/19 Budget.

Council continues support of arts community in Miles with 2018/19 Budget.

The significant road network linking Miles to valuable commerce and industry opportunities has received funding in the 2018/19 Budget adopted by Western Downs Regional Council this month.

The Budget features a significant $2.3 million spend on road infrastructure for Miles and district as well as $50,000 towards a playground replacement at Morgan Place and $40,000 for the upgrade of town entry signage.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said the central location of Miles in the Western Downs made its road networks paramount to streamlined business and transport logistics within the region.

“This Budget is focussed on delivering our resources where they are most needed and where they will give us the best economic returns for the strength of our region — and that is our extensive road network that connects our six districts across the Western Downs,” he said.

“We’ve also allocated funds to the community initiatives and major events that our residents in Miles and district really love attending and getting involved with, because we know that’s what makes Miles such a great place to live.”

This year’s Budget puts $15,000 and a further $5,000 in-kind assistance towards the Miles Back to the Bush Festival to be held in September and an additional $245,000 to library programs and grant workshops in the region.

Mayor McVeigh said Dogwood Crossing is the hub of the Miles community and Council is committed to enhancing the programs and creative opportunities on offer.

“We see how much joy our residents and in particular children get from coming along to the programs our libraries put on — they really are the hub of small towns, and it’s important to support the things that our residents love about living regionally,” he said.

“With the Dogwood Crossing art gallery, Miles really has cemented its reputation as the place to be when it comes to not only showing but creating art in the Western Downs.

“Our Regional Arts Development Fund, in partnership with Arts Queensland has been a huge success and this year we’re allocating $40,000 in the Budget to support artists, art groups and artistic projects across the region.

“The Western Downs is also growing a reputation for the events it puts on, and the Miles Back to the Bush Festival is the perfect way to show off the country charm and proud pioneering heritage that we are famous for out here.”

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