HAPPY: Mayor Paul McVeigh.
HAPPY: Mayor Paul McVeigh. Michael Doyle

Council pleased with funding from state

THE drought assistance funding for farmers and graziers has been welcomed by the mayor, despite the region no longer being drought-declared.

Mayor Paul McVeigh spoke to the Dalby Herald about this week's Queensland state budget, highlighting the council's pleasure at funding for several regional projects.

Cr McVeigh said he wanted to see farmers and graziers who were affected by drought conditions to individually apply for assistance.

"It is good to see the $36 million for drought assistance for those areas,” Cr McVeigh said.

"Individually we can apply and if our farmers and graziers consider that they are personally impacted by drought, they they can make that application.

"What we need to see there is, the more of those that apply, the closer we will be to having the whole region drought-declared.”

Cr McVeigh said he welcomed any funding that would be invested into Western Downs projects.

"Obviously all of the education facilities and the money for upgrading the roads are important to us,” he said.

Cr McVeigh and his team will be putting the final touches on their council budget, which will be released at the council meeting next Wednesday.

The Mayoral Budget will be closely followed after the reaction to last year's general rates increase.