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Western Downs $50 Million (COVID-19) Recovery Package

Western Downs $50 Million (COVID-19) Recovery Package

"Western Downs Regional Council has unveiled a major stimulus package to secure and create jobs, energize the economy, and support the region through the COVID-19 health crisis."

A Summary of the package is listed below and also can be found in the file attached to this article.


Accelerated Infrastructure Program

  • $14.8m to accelerate a range of infrastructure projects to secure and create jobs
  • Projects include road and footpath upgrades
  • Community building upgrades and activation projects
  • All works to be undertaken by local contractors and suppliers wherever possible
  •  Immediate start to all works and be completed within 12 months

Accelerated Major Projects Program

  • $33.5m to accelerate the design and delivery of 11 major projects across the Western Downs
  • $2m to complete detailed design of the 11 major projects for new or improved recreational spaces to ensure they are ‘shovel ready’
  • Projects designed to generate economic growth and enhance tourism opportunities for the region

Community Group Hardship Assistance Grants & Infrastructure  Programs

  • $300,000 Community Hardship & Assistance Grants Program to provide ‘quick response’ financial assistance to eligible community organisations
  • $1m Community Infrastructure Grants Program to fund infrastructure or capital works projects for not-for-profit community and sporting organisations. Applications for up to $200,000 under a 50/50 funding arrangement with Council

Business Support Initiatives Program

  • Business Recovery Planning Program to help businesses build resilience by providing relief and recovery advice, implementing a risk management plan and business continuity plan

    (Envision Partners are obtaining more information from the WDRC and will update all businesses once we have more information).

  • E-Commerce Support Program to include webinars and consultations to help businesses build their online presence, social media and website
  • Regional ‘Buy Local’ Campaign to encourage the community to support local businesses and offer a platform for businesses to share their goods and services.

Rates, Fees and Charges Relief

  • 50% rebate on all Retail/ Commercial and Shopping Centre general rates under the March issued levy
  • Waived fees on building, plumbing and development applications and food licensing until 30 June 2021
  • Extension of discount period on all rates and charges to 30 June 2020
  • Waived fees on desexed dog registrations until 30 June 2021

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EnVision Partners
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The Collins English dictionary defines the meaning of ‘envision’ as being to “conceive of a possibility, especially in the future, or foresee”. Our business name reflects our desire to provide our customers with such foresight, something that has not changed since the inception of EnVision Partners in 2002.

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