Thangool's stormy upgrades
THE Thangool township and Lake Callide's visitor facilities have secured almost $400,00 between them under round three of the Building Better Regions Fund.
Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said Thangool's stormwater system would be upgraded using $349,000 from the funding program, while Banana Shire Council would use its $100,000 grant to build an amenities block and camp kitchen at Lake Callide.
"It's really great to see these two vital projects funded under the BBRF program,” Mr O'Dowd said.
"The impressive thing about the both of them is that they will deliver long term benefits to their local areas, which will support local families and economies for years to come.”
Banana Shire Mayor Nev Ferrier said the funding would help prevent flooding of local properties in the area.
"This has come at a great time for Thangool and surrounding area and the infrastructure here is 50 to 60 years old and needs work done on them,” Cr Ferrier said.
"Work will commence in May or June and go into next year.”
In Thangool, several properties suffer from localised flooding during summer storms.
The project will see the Banana Shire Council upgrade the town's storm water network for home owners.
The entire project will cost about $698,000.
Mr O'Dowd said the council would use a $100,000 grant to add new facilities to Lake Callide Retreat with the powered camp grounds.
"The project has a total value of $200,000, money well spent since better visitors amenities mean more tourists to the region and more money flowing through the cash registers of local businesses,” he said.
"It is projects such as these that make our regional communities even better places to live, work and raise a family and I'm excited to see the positive difference this funding will make to the community.”