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$1.35 million W4Q funding for Goondiwindi region

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Goondiwindi Regional Council has secured an additional $1.35 million in funding from the State Government’s 2020-21 COVID Works for Queensland (W4Q) program that will go towards improved water infrastructure, park upgrades and new footpaths and irrigation systems.

The funding will be allocated across 17 projects in numerous communities across the Goondiwindi region.

More than $860,000 will go towards projects that will improve water quality and pressure for residents and businesses on town water connections.

Mayor of the Goondiwindi region the Honourable Cr Lawrence Springborg AM said the priority of the funding was the renewal and maintenance of existing infrastructure across the whole region.

“This is an opportunity for vital investment in public infrastructure and will be put to improving the quality and longevity of Council’s assets across the Goondiwindi region,” Cr Springborg said.

“The W4Q funding will complement current projects scheduled in Council’s 2020-21 Budget to ensure that our region’s infrastructure is up to date and sustainable for the future.

“Council’s core business is and always will be the provision of services to its residents, so the repair and renewal of assets such as water infrastructure, parks and public footpaths will be our priority with this funding.”

Council also worked with several community groups across the region to prepare some of the shovel-ready projects that will now receive the W4Q funding.

Cr Springborg said Council’s success in securing external funding such as the W4Q program was a big win for the whole region.

“External funding opportunities such as this really increase the scope of Council’s capital works and the investment into the region’s future. It means we can fund essential works through targeted programs such as W4Q, which allows us to free up ratepayer dollars for additional projects,” the Mayor said.

“Less than half of Council’s total operational expenditure for this year will be from rates, and we will continue to chase down every dollar of external funding to increase the return on investment for all ratepayers.”

Further details of the individual projects to receive W4Q funding will follow.

Published: 27th July 2020