Minister Cameron Dick, Assistant Commissioner Kevin Walsh, Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen, and Steve Noakes from Binna Burra Lodge visited the burnt out site of the Binna Burra Lodge. Pics Adam Head
Minister Cameron Dick, Assistant Commissioner Kevin Walsh, Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen, and Steve Noakes from Binna Burra Lodge visited the burnt out site of the Binna Burra Lodge. Pics Adam Head

$100k cash boost to fund ‘eco-tourism’ initiative in region’s north

Toowoomba Regional Council is one of seven Queensland councils receiving a share in $8.9 million in bushfire recovery funding, alongside the Scenic Rim Regional Council and Southern Downs Regional Council.

$106,000 will be put towards the development of a trail network in the Crows Nest region to boost eco-tourism on behalf of TRC, while Stanthorpe will receive smart metering technology in response to future climate and natural hazard conditions.

$310,000 will go towards repairing and upgrading six community halls in the Scenic Rim to operate as recovery hubs both during and after natural disasters.

Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said nine projects, across seven local government areas, had been approved in the third round of the $36.8 million Local Economic Recovery Program, funded also by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

“The Queensland Bushfires of late 2019 were a part of one of the worst bushfire seasons Australia has seen,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The devastating effects of the fires have been exacerbated even further by the COVID-19 pandemic, so I am pleased this LER funding has been committed to help communities, local economies and natural areas recover.

“By investing in community spaces, tourism, water infrastructure and our local environment, these nine projects will create jobs, help communities recover and improve future resilience.”

Originally published as $100k cash boost to fund ‘eco-tourism’ initiative in region’s north


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