Local Community the Real Winners

The local community will be the real winners under the 2017/18 Budget. A number of initiatives will see residents, local community groups and not-for-profit organisations benefit widely.

The Council has reviewed the way grants are funded to community groups and is pleased to offer funding streams that are more far-reaching. A broader section of not-for-profit organisations can now apply for funding where it previously wasn’t available.

“This new allocation of $150,000 will give great support to organisations operating at the front line of community support,” said Southern Downs Mayor, Tracy Dobie.

The replacement of the mobile library offers far more than just library services. This multi-purpose vehicle will offer library services, emergency management and greater community engagement.

“The mobile library will offer high levels of connectivity,” said Mayor Dobie. “This is especially important in regional areas that currently have limited or inconsistent Internet services – residents there know they’ll be able to use the mobile library for this purpose.”

The mobile library will also provide information about Council for residents.

The Visitor Information Centre at Stanthorpe will no longer have to endure hot summers and cold winters – air conditioning is set to be installed, making the Centre a more welcoming place for volunteers and visitors alike.

At Stanthorpe, Storm King Dam will receive an upgrade, with the replacement of public toilets, installation of BBQs and construction of a picnic shelter, improving the amenities to draw more locals and tourists.

At Swanfels, the shelter will be replaced with $25,000 allocated to the design and materials for construction. Director Engineering Services Peter See says he’s pleased that the building work of the Swanfels shelter will be undertaken by apprentices employed by All Trades Queensland. “In conjunction with All Trades Queensland, I’m pleased that Council can support the training and employment opportunities for the young people of the Southern Downs,” said Mr. See.

“This Council is committed to supporting the local community as much as possible. Increasing the Community Support Program does just that, as does providing an innovative mobile library and making improvements to the infrastructure tourists to our region enjoy,” said Cr Dobie.


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