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$250k brings new life to communities across the Southern Downs

28 February 2019

The hearts of towns and villages across the Southern Downs will receive some extra love with twelve community hall committees successfully securing a share of $250,000 in Federal Government drought relief funding.

Councillor for Communities, Towns and Villages, Sheryl Windle said the funding will ensure community halls remain focal points for the region’s towns and villages while delivering a boost to the economy.

“It is important to ensure the longevity of the region’s community halls which are often the heart of our smaller and rural towns and villages,” Cr Windle said.

The funding was made available as part of $1 million in Federal Government funding Southern Downs Regional Council secured through the Drought Communities Programme (DCP).

Applications for funding were assessed on how the project would deliver benefits to the drought-affected region as well as how it would benefit the community.

The DCP funds infrastructure and drought relief projects that use local resources, businesses and suppliers to stimulate local community spending and provide long-lasting benefits to the community and their agricultural industries.

“The successful committees can use the grant money to complete much needed upgrades and projects which may have been planned for some time to ensure the halls can be enjoyed for generations to come,” Cr Windle said.

“Council is working to ensure we continue to encourage and promote economic activity in response to the ongoing impacts of the drought.

“These projects will also benefit the wider community by creating jobs for our region and by engaging local suppliers and service providers.”

Drought Communities Funding will be awarded to the following community halls:

·         Karara Hall

·         CWA Leyburn

·         Greymare Hall

·         Dalveen Hall

·         The Summit Hall

·         Goomburra Town Hall

·         CWA Killarney

·         CWA Cunningham

·         RSL Sub-Branch Allora

·         Wallangarra Jennings Progress and Arts Association

·         Emu Vale Memorial Hall

·         Swan Creek School of Arts

Read more about the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme or head to the for more information on projects being funded through the DCP.

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