Small towns’ big boost: $222K granted to outback communities
OUTBACK communities have been given a massive boost, with more than $222,000 coming their way courtesy of rural advocates.
Groups from Mungindi, Bollon, Thallon and Quilpie have received grants through the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s Tackling Tough Times Together program – a fund aimed at promoting community activities and bolstering services in drought-stricken areas.
Two of the biggest boosts in Australia will be to the Mungindi Community Preschool, and the Balonne Shire Council: each will receive $60,000.
The council will be giving its Bollon Park and Riverland area an upgrade, installing new infrastructure to improve it for all users, and the preschool’s funding will go towards keeping the service available for local families.
Federal MP David Littleproud said the contribution to Mungindi Preschool would make a huge difference for the small border town.
“People in the bush deserve access to services just like in larger centres and I’m pleased that the Mungindi Community Preschool will remain open,” Mr Littleproud said.
“The preschool will make use of $60,000 to help pay for program costs which is great news for families who can continue to send their children there.”
Thallon Progress Association was also granted funds, receiving $16,000 for improvements around the town’s iconic William the Wombat.
A $55,000 injection into the ever-popular Channel Country Ladies Day is helping to run the committee’s brand new virtual event Inspiration in Self Isolation.
Started after mass gatherings were banned under COVID-19 restrictions, the online event aims to reduce social isolation and enhance coping skills for women in Western Queensland; the physical event was due to run in Quilpie this year, but has been postponed.
Another morale boost will be offered to the Quilpie community through art classes.
The Quilpie Cultural Society has been granted $31,466 through the fund to present a variety of workshops this year, and Mr Littleproud applauded the group’s success in providing a creative outlet for locals.
“This is sure to bring people in the Quilpie district together for a good time and to
embrace art as a way to take your mind off of other worries,” he said.
“While there was general summer rain in the region, it takes more than one or two
wet events to get out of drought.
“Boosting operations and stimulating local economies are important features of the
TTTT program, while bringing people together in drought-affected communities.”