Granite Belt Community Association secretary Helen Gibson and president Reverend Alan Colyer.
Granite Belt Community Association secretary Helen Gibson and president Reverend Alan Colyer. Liana Turner

Small slice for Granite Belt in funding boost

THE Granite Belt has been short-changed on funding once again, according to the region's new community group.

Granite Belt Community Association president Alan Colyer said he was disappointed the Stanthorpe region had received just a fraction of the $2.93million secured by the council in state funding.

Southern Downs Regional Council has announced seven projects to be funded by the money, part of the Works for Queensland program.

But Mr Colyer said the $200,000 dedicated to streetscaping in Stanthorpe's Fromes Ln wasn't enough.

"That shows the council prioritises Warwick over Stanthorpe,” Mr Colyer said.

"There should be a little bit more equality between the two towns.”

Mr Colyer said the split of funding was "unjust”.

He said the association hoped future funding schemes to benefit the Southern Downs would flow more equitably into the Granite Belt.

Southern Downs mayor Tracy Dobie welcomed news the council would receive the funds for seven infrastructure works on the Southern Downs as part of the progam.

"This funding really is a coup, as it signifies the State Government's commitment to investing in projects that will have enormous economic benefits for our region, particularly the creation of jobs,” Cr Dobie said.

"It is also comes without any need for a contribution or matched funding from council, and this means there is no impact on council's budget, so it's a win for our ratepayers.”

Funding allocations for other projects include $1,085,000 for raw water from Connolly Dam to Morgan Park and the Industrial Estate in Warwick, $975,000 for sewage works at Morgan Park, $100,000 for streetscaping in Killarney, $200,000 for streetscaping in Allora, $250,000 for B-double access, widening and stormwater works on Schnitzerling St, Warwick and $120,000 for toilets at Connolly Dam.

Cr Dobie said this funding would have great benefits for the communities involved.

"This funding will have an immediate impact for locals,” Cr Dobie said.

"We can get our projects moving right now and deliver benefits for the region faster.

"Council is working hard to attract more business and industry to our region to develop greater employment opportunities now and into the future, and these projects will help achieve this outcome: more jobs, better infrastructure and a boost to our local economy.”

All of the projects funded through the program must be completed by November 30 this year.

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