Longreach, Ilfracombe, Isisford and Yaraka communities have been given the go ahead for 13 local development projects.
This includes funding allocated to Longreach Uniting Church, Longreach, Isisford and Ilfracombe Golf Clubs and Kiama Park in Yaraka.
President of the Longreach Golf Club Bill McNall couldn’t believe almost $180,000 was given to the club and has big plans for the future.
“It honestly means so much and now we can refurbish the club and tidy up a bit. We’re getting a roof for the deck to stay cool in the heat and even some toilet facilities placed around the course,” Mr McNall says.
“We’re finally getting everything up to scratch and we can hold even bigger functions to promote golfing in Longreach. The regular players here are finding it hard to swallow the amount we’ve been given; it’s going to help the club so much.”
Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott welcomed the boost, saying that rural communities can now breathe easier.
“The Drought Communities Programme has ensured remote communities can survive the drought with support for producers, farm businesses and local communities,” Mr Scott explained.
“These projects will provide long-lasting infrastructure improvements and will go a long way to stimulate the local economy and build community resilience.”
Along with the funding, concessional loans, income support, fairer tax arrangements and free rural financial counselling will also be available.
Mr Scott was especially excited about the social benefits the $1.4 million would bring to Longreach and the surrounding communities, drawing even more tourists in.
“The region’s regular race meets, along with Yaraka’s annual gymkhana, are all set to benefit from the funding, with significant infrastructure developments taking place at the Longreach Race Club and Kiama Park in Yaraka,” Mr Scott says.
The list of additional projects approved for the Longreach Regional Council area can be seen below:
|Recipient||Project details||Funding allocation|
|Longreach Jockey Club (2)||Install new commercial kitchen facilities at the racecourse, upgrade the Longreach Race Club’s members’ stand and connect the club to the Longreach sewerage system||$372,252|
|Longreach Uniting Church||Refurbish the Joseph Edgely Hall||$186,158|
|Youth Centre||Upgrade facilities||$32,386|
|Longreach State High School||Level and re-turf the main oval to create a surface suitable for playing cricket, rugby league and other sports.||$174,601|
|Longreach Golf Club||Refurbish and extend the clubhouse||$176,858|
|Isisford Golf Club||Construct a new roofed deck area||$89,185|
|Ilfracombe Golf Club||Complete a facilities and safety upgrade||$34,137|
|Lions Club of Longreach Inc||Construct a storage facility||$66,876|
|Isisford District Hospital building||Transform old Isisford District Hospital building into the Isisford Historical Museum||$139,125|
|Kiama Park, Yaraka||Upgrade facilities including the construction of all-access amenities||$89,886|
|Longreach Tennis Club||Completion of a facilities upgrade||$43,349|
|Longreach Netball Association||Upgrade courts and build an access road to the clubhouse||$32,844|