Burdekin organisations have received almost $50,000 from the final round of the Building Rural Community Fund.
Burdekin Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the Burdekin Shire Council had received a total of $30,000, the Burdekin Machinery Preservationists Inc received $8208 and the Burdekin Men’s Shed Association Inc had received $8402.
“This is a great result for the Council. Half the funds we have received will go toward developing ‘Doing Business in the Burdekin’ fact sheets and a marketing and economic advantage strategy. The other half will be spent on a feasibility study into proposed visitor and community facilities at Plantation Park,” she said.
“Plantation Park has been identified as a key tourism wetlands site and this funding will give us the opportunity to explore how we can add to this communal asset.
“The development of Plantation Park will allow Council to promote Plantation Park as a key recreational and visitor facility and hopefully this will lead to increased tourist numbers to the area.”
Cr McLaughlin said the second lot of funding would go toward developing fact sheets and developing a strategy to promote the district to potential investors.
“We want to be able to provide information to interested parties about the benefits of living, working and conducting business in the Burdekin and these fact sheets will help us do that,” she said.
“By attracting more business, we can ensure the future economic prosperity of our region.”
The Burdekin Machinery Preservationists received funding toward completing their Fielding Engine Project.
The Burdekin Men’s Shed Association received funding to continue growing the Men’s Shed movement in the Burdekin.