A boost for employment and infrastructure in Balonne

St George Garden

An injection of federal funds could generate almost 40 jobs across the Balonne region with 5 projects and $1.5 million announced as part of their Drought Communities Programme.

The horse stables in St George are currently undergoing a much needed upgrade while the Council has selected contractors to replace the roof at the Civic Centre.

New kerbing and channelling projects will see greater investment across St George, Dirranbandi and Thallon.

There will also be two Grey Street Streetscape Beautification projects which will help generate construction work for locals.

Federal Agriculture and Water Minister and former St George local, Barnaby Joyce, says the projects do their bit to inject money back to the community during the dry spell.

Despite recent rains, the drought persists across 86 percent of the state.

“This government is providing $35 million for local infrastructure and employment projects in rural and regional Australia, and we’ve already approved 28 projects worth over $9.5 million in drought-affected areas of Queensland,” Minister Joyce said.

“By investing in local community projects we are creating real jobs right now, which are an important support to local economic activity and local businesses during these tough times.”