Half a million dollar boost for Care Goondiwindi project

A concept of what the finished project will look like.
A concept of what the finished project will look like.

Care Goondiwindi's respite accommodation project has received a boost.

Maranoa MP David Littleproud announced more than half a million dollars would help fund the $1.5m facility.

The $589,523 investment comes under round four of the Building Better Regions Fund and will help with the construction of three three-bedroom units for disability respite care within the CBD of Goondiwindi.

"It's a tragedy when our loved ones have to travel or move to larger centres to get the care and support they need," Mr Littleproud said.

"Care Goondiwindi are going to make sure that NDIS recipients in the region have more options in how they receive the support and care they need.

"Providing short-term accommodation and access to services to NDIS recipients keeps those in need closer to their family, friends and home.

"This facility is going to improve the quality of life for those who use its services and enhance NDIS-based services in the community," he said.

Goondiwindi Regional Council Mayor, Lawrence Springborg is extremely pleased with the news.

"I'm sure residents will agree that this facility is much-needed within the region and that it will make an enormous difference to local families," councillor Springborg said.

"In addition, the project will provide more local jobs not only during the construction phase, but throughout the lifetime of the facility. This is such a well-deserved success for Care that will also benefit our community as a whole."

More than $45 million has now been secured through BBRF projects in the Maranoa electorate since 2016.

"BBRF funded projects go a long way to improving services, events, facilities, creating jobs and securing our fair share for communities that have been battling through drought," Mr Littleproud said.

Round four of BBRF includes a total $200 million in grants, with projects falling under the Infrastructure Projects Stream or the Community Investments Stream.

The Infrastructure Projects Stream: Supports projects that involve construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure

The Community Investments Stream: Funds community development activities including new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, leadership and capability building activities.

Across Maranoa, 12 BBRF infrastructure projects will be funded with $21,204,009 and seven BBRF community projects will be funded with $138,087.

Other round four BBRF projects across Maranoa include:

  • Balonne Shire Council: The project will create a new library hub and revitalising nearby green space and a courtyard. An existing cultural centre will be refurbished to add an art gallery and annexe. $5,000,000
  • Australian Camp Oven Festival Millmerran Inc: The project will deliver the first Camp Oven Dinner Under the Stars event for the Australian Camp Oven Festival in October 2020. $16,300
  • Thallon Community Services Ltd: The project will provide a strategic plan to maximise the region's opportunities to improve tourism and the overall sustainability of the community. $20,000