ROAD UPGRADES: Southwest Queensland roads are set to be upgraded after a funding boost was announced by David Littleproud.
ROAD UPGRADES: Southwest Queensland roads are set to be upgraded after a funding boost was announced by David Littleproud.

$12M boost to drought-ravaged western QLD

AS THE worst drought in living memory continues to devastate bush communities in southwest Queensland, the local MP has secured more than $12 million to improve the road network.

David Littleproud this week announced Maranoa, Balonne, Murweh, Paroo, Blackall-Tambo, and Quilpie Shire Councils would all receive a cut of the Roads to Recovery Program.

“This funding is part of the additional $138.9 million that has been allocated to drought affected communities through the R2R program,” he said.

“Apart from increased safety, drivers are going to be travelling on smoother, more reliable roads and that’s all part of building up efficiency across the region.

“When it rains, farmers and businesses are going to hit the ground running, because they’ll have more confidence in local roads to move livestock to saleyards, or heavy goods to customers.”

Mr Littleproud said the boost to the road network would have tourism benefits.

“Tourism is a growing industry, and giving travellers access to more reliable roads incentivises them with more places to explore, and to spend locally,” he said.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Andrew Gee said the extra funding was designed to help those communities struggling.

“The drought has devastated our country communities,” he said.

“This extra roads funding is designed to stimulate local economic activity, and improve local infrastructure by making our roads better and safer for country people.

“Improving roads is an issue very close to the hearts of country people, and this additional funding will make a real difference to the council area and be a very welcome and timely boost.”

Funding has been allocated to the 128 local government areas with the aim of stimulating local economy activity through road infrastructure projects.

Here’s how much each council will council area will receive:

  • Balonne Shire Council: $5.7 million
  • Maranoa Regional Council: $2.5 million
  • Murweh Shire Council: $1.2 million
  • Paroo Shire Council: $973, 000
  • Quilpie Shire Council: $891, 657
  • Blackall-Tambo Regional Council: $800,000