Joint Media Release
Barcaldine gets relief with drought
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce
1 December 2015
Barcaldine Regional Council has received a significant boost with $1 million in funding approved for seven projects as part of the $35 million Drought Communities Programme.
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the investment will create a significant number of job opportunities for people in the Barcaldine region.
“Many communities across Australia have been impacted by drought. The Australian Government is taking action through the Drought Communities Programme by investing in projects like these that will create jobs and stimulate economic activity,” Mr Truss said.
Local projects to be carried out include:
- Construction of new pathways in Barcaldine, Aramac, Muttaburra and Jericho
- Installation of automatic watering systems in parks in Barcaldine, Aramac, Muttaburra and Jericho
- New kerb and channelling in Jericho
- New stormwater drainage in Alpha
- Development of the Lagoon Creek park in Barcaldine
- Resealing of streets in Muttaburra
- Replacement of ageing water mains in Aramac
“These seven projects are expected to create jobs for up to 42 locals across the region for up to 18 weeks. They will also improve local community facilities, upgrade infrastructure and build community resilience.
“This is an important outcome for the Barcaldine region which has battled dry conditions for some time now, helping to provide economic certainty and ensure the community continues to function as it should.”
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said the Australian Government is providing $35 million nationally for the programme through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper over four years.
“These projects in Barcaldine will help boost local businesses during construction through the purchase of materials, while also improving local amenity for residents,” Mr Joyce said.
“This DCP programme has received 40 project submissions since commencing, highlighting its importance to drought-affected communities.
“This is just one way we are delivering on our commitment under the Ag White Paper to strengthen our approach to drought and risk management.
“There is a range of other government assistance available to help manage the economic, social and community impacts of drought, including concessional loans, income support, fairer tax arrangements and free financial counselling, just to name a few.
“I urge anyone doing it tough through drought to find out more about their options by visiting agriculture.gov.au/assistance or calling the Department of Human Services Farmer Assistance Hotline on 13 23 16.”
More information on the programme can be found at http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/dcp/index.aspx