UPGRADE: Grant funding will benefit Nanango's Ringsfield House.
UPGRADE: Grant funding will benefit Nanango's Ringsfield House. Tobi Loftus

Councils secure grants to create Burnett job opportunities

RINGSFIELD House is recognised as an important asset to the South Burnett region for its historical significance and as a tourist attraction.

A new roof will be installed on the Nanango building after South Burnett Regional Council secured a $115,747 grant through the Queensland Government's local government grants and subsidies program.

South Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt said the grant was a win for the whole community.

"The roof required some work so it is great that we can get assistance from the top that helps us,” he said.

The construction of the new roof is set to create more job opportunities in the region as well as a boost to the economy.

"The construction work on the roof is no small job, and Ringsfield House continues to be a tourist attraction for the region and will stimulate economic improvement to the region,” Pitt said.

Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council was also successful in securing a grant through the program with $143,434 to be invested in upgrading the council's ICT network and to improve asset management

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe applauded the councils for their initiative in recognising the need for the projects and securing the funding to help deliver them.

"Upgrading or building new infrastructure has an immediate positive impact on the liveability of a town or city,” he said.

"This can have fantastic spin-offs such as creating jobs, retaining and growing a population base and generating business confidence to invest locally.”