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$250k in drought relief grants up for grabs for region's community halls

Towns and villages across the Southern Downs can soon showcase new look community halls thanks to $250,000 in Federal Government funding.

Southern Downs Regional Council is calling on local community hall committees to apply for one of 10 $25,000 grants up for grabs to upgrade or help maintain their facilities.  

 The funding will be made available as part of the $1 million in Federal Government funding SDRC secured through the Drought Communities Programme, and will help ensure community halls remain focal points for the region’s towns and villages while delivering a boost to the economy.

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.

Committees can use the money to fund projects that will improve facilities and may include installing water tanks and solar panels, improving disabled access or conducting general maintenance and repairs.

Councillor for Communities, Towns and Villages, Sheryl Windle said the grants provide a unique opportunity for community hall committees to enhance the services they offer.

“Community hall committees can use the grant money to complete projects they may have been planning for some time but could not previously secure funding for,” Cr Windle said.

“These projects could range from installing air conditioning to improving heating and insulation or simply renovating toilets and kitchens.

“The grants will benefit the wider community by creating jobs for our region and providing our local suppliers and service providers with income.

“It is important we work to ensure the longevity of our community halls which are often the heart of our region’s smaller towns and villages, and I encourage all community hall committees to apply for these grants.”

Committees must use the grant money for capital improvements to their halls, use local businesses, suppliers and services to work on the projects and complete the projects by 30 June 2019.

Expressions of Interests for the grants close on Monday, 11 February.

For more information on how to apply for the Community Hall Grants or other drought relief funding projects, please contact SDRC Development Assessment Coordinator Tonya Collier on 1300 697 372 or tonya.collier@sdrc.qld.gov.au.

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