UPGRADE: Renovations on the Wondai Showgrounds grandstand is one of the projects submitted by South Burnett Regional Council for the Drought Communities Program.
UPGRADE: Renovations on the Wondai Showgrounds grandstand is one of the projects submitted by South Burnett Regional Council for the Drought Communities Program. Contributed

Projects to provide relief for our drought-affected area

DROUGHT-affected South Burnett residents will soon get some much-needed support through new funding.

South Burnett Regional Council announced they had been invited to apply for federal funding in the Drought Communities Program during their council meeting on November 21.

The Federal Government initiative provides eligible councils with up to $1 million for local community infrastructure and drought relief projects.

The council has proposed four projects for the program.

Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff said this was a great initiative.

"These projects are all worthy projects to put forward,” she said.

"We can help those farmers who are struggling, we've had so many disasters, the drought and the storms.”

They have proposed a rural road gravel re-sheeting project, valued at $500,000, to assist rural property owners conducting their business through the rural transport corridors.

The council also put forward a $250,000 program of on-farm improvements for the program.

This would assist rural property owners to invest in on-farm improvements to minimise the impacts of drought and allow the owners to prepare for future business impacts.

They have also proposed a $100,000 truck breakdown infrastructure improvements in Durong.

Councillor Gavin Jones said the Durong truck breakdown project would be beneficial for economics in the region.

"It's a big plus for trucks coming into our region,” he said.

The final project they have applied for is a $150,000 rural community infrastructure upgrade.

This would support social cohesion and inclusion activities in the rural communities by renovating the Wondai Showgrounds grandstand, upgrading the Maidenwell sportsground toilets and power, and the installation of the Hivesville water standpipe.