Drought funding delivers benefits to Banana Shire communities

Drought funding delivers benefits to Banana Shire communities

Published: 22nd November 2019

TWO million dollars in Australian Government funding will be spent across Banana Shire to stimulate local spending and provide employment in communities impacted by the drought.

The funding comes from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development’s Drought Communities Program.

The first round of funding, $1 million, was announced in September after northern parts of the Banana Shire’s were drought declared – resulting in the entire Shire falling under drought declaration status.

Earlier this month, the Federal Government announced that an additional $1 million in drought relief funding would be made available to Banana Shire.

Banana Shire Mayor Nev Ferrier said Council was extremely grateful for the $2 million boost.

“While this money won’t break the drought it will help inject money into the local economy through employment and use of local businesses and contractors at a time when everybody is doing it tough,” Cr Ferrier said.

“The money has to be used on infrastructure and projects that provide employment for people whose work opportunities have been impacted by drought; stimulate local community spending; use local resources, businesses and suppliers; and/or provide a long-lasting benefit to communities and the agricultural industries on which they depend.”

Banana Shire councillors developed a list of 26 projects that has been submitted to the Australian Government for final approval.

The list is:

 Round One

  • $60,000 to upgrade yards and power at Taroom Showgrounds
  • $75,000 to install irrigation system at Biloela Sports Ground
  • $35,000 for water infrastructure in Dululu
  • $50,000 to retile the foyer and refurbish the bar at the Kianga Hall, Moura
  • $55,000 to bitumen access road at Biloela Showgrounds
  • $58,000 for roof repairs and insulation at Banana Sutherland Hall
  • $130,000 to install colourbond shade in Gillespie Street, Moura
  • $120,000 for electrical upgrade at Civic Centre, Biloela
  • $40,000 for a generator for the Wowan Multi-purpose Centre
  • $25,000 to relocate transformer at railyards, Biloela
  • $40,000 to purchase a mobile lifter to facilitate disability access to stages across the Shire
  • $100,000 to install water facilities for roadworks across the shire
  • $58,000 to install new ceiling and insulation at Recreation Grounds and Hall, Goovigen
  • $25,000 to install black poly pipe at pools across the Shire to reduce heating costs
  • $44,000 to stablise riverbank at boat ramp, Baralaba
  • $85,000 to upgrade the ring surface at Theodore Showground

Round Two

  • $380,000 to demolish existing swimming pool amenities building and replace with new building, Taroom
  • $100,000 for repair works to historical building at Greycliffe Homestead, Biloela
  • $50,000 to improve facilities at campdraft grounds, Jambin
  • $50,000 for shed to house indigenous display at Taroom Museum
  • $100,000 to stablise riverbank at boat ramp, Baralaba
  • $60,000 for additional shade and irrigation at Lake Callide Park playground area
  • $40,000 for fire suppression water tanks and public amenities at Taroom, Theodore and Moura aerodromes
  • $100,000 to install water facilities for roadworks across the shire.
  • $60,000 to construct concrete footpaths, Theodore
  • $60,000 to replace unlevel pavers  in CBD footpaths in Moura and Biloela.