Toowoomba and the Darlings Downs are set to receive a boost with two new local infrastructure and community projects, as part of a $207 million investment under Round 4 of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s highly successful Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
Federal Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh said the community-based projects were a positive investment in the region’s future and would drive economic growth and local jobs at a time we need them most.
“This is a fantastic outcome for our region, with two projects receiving a total of $8,916,735 under this latest round of funding,” Dr McVeigh said.
“These include $8,896,735 towards the refurbishment and upgrade of Blue Care Toowoomba Aged Care Facility and $20,000 to the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise Pty Ltd (TSBE) to undertake research to identify the challenges and opportunities facing the healthcare sector in the Darling Downs region.
“In my role as a Darling Downs MP I am passionate about the importance of aged care for local families and the significance of the healthcare sector in our economy. Whether it’s in Pittsworth, Highfields, Oakey or Toowoomba we have achieved a lot but there so much more to do.
“I congratulate Cathy Thomas, Group Executive of Blue Care and her team and look forward to the development and progress of the Blue Care Toowoomba Refurbishment and Upgrade Project. I also look forward to working with Jaden Frame and the team at TSBE on their ongoing support for the healthcare industry across the Downs.
“Communities in Groom are continuing to show amazing spirit and strength as they support each other through drought, COVID-19 and other challenges and I am glad to see this latest round of BBRF will provide much-needed support at such a crucial time.
“These projects will help ensure our productive and vibrant region remains strong, resilient and prosperous in the long term and I look forward to seeing these projects boost economic prosperity across Groom.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said this funding injection to support 163 new infrastructure and community projects across drought-affected regional Australia came at a critical time for communities.
“Regional Australians have endured the devastating effects of a prolonged drought which has affected communities across the country for many years,” Mr McCormack said.
“In addition, regional Australia has withstood one of the most devastating bushfire seasons, floods and now a global pandemic – to say they’ve been hit hard in recent times, is an understatement.
“Their resilience will lead Australia’s recovery through grassroots projects – creating jobs, boosting local economies and growing confidence in regional communities as a great place to live, work and invest.
“BBRF projects strengthen our local economies and drive much-needed local procurement, with thousands of jobs expected to be supported throughout regional Australia – delivering career pathways and enabling people to stay in the very communities they grew up in.”
For a full list of successful projects, please visit www.business.gov.au/bbrf