Southern Downs needs federal funds to fulfil wish list
WITH a Federal Election looming, Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said national support was key to the future of the region.
With the council in debt, Cr Dobie said federal funding was essential to deliver regional infrastructure projects into the future.
“The Federal Government provides funding, most often on a 40-60% ratio so, if we get a federal grant, it in effect halves the amount council has to spend,” she said.
“I believe council has always taken a strong, proactive approach to win state and federal funding and that will continue.”
Cr Dobie did not endorse a candidate in the coming election but noted council was awaiting the outcome of funding applications to the National Stronger Regions and Water Infrastructure Development funds.
LNP Candidate for Maranoa David Littleproud said, if elected, a Coalition would be important to bring major ongoing projects to the region. “I think it’s about a continuation in what we’re doing particularly around the delivery of the NBN to Warwick in next 12 months, and work on road and rail,” Mr Littleproud said.
“That’s what a federal government’s responsibility is – it’s not to get involved with individuals but rather putting the infrastructure in place to allow people to innovate and have growth.”
Warwick Chamber of Commerce president Lewis von Stieglitz said the region needed government stability to grow business confidence.
“We could use some more investment in our roads and infrastructure, such as delivering the NBN to attract business,” Mr von Stieglitz said.
“I think David (Littleproud) is an excellent candidate ... and will champion Warwick in Federal Government.
“I think the worst thing they can do is overpromise things they can’t deliver later – they need to be a bit more responsible.”