Drought support still available through a wide range of initiatives
Recent rain has been most needed and welcomed on the Southern Downs, but with water restrictions of 120 litres per person per day still in place, the region remains drought declared.
Southern Downs Regional Council reminds residents that there are a number of avenues through which the drought affected community can receive necessary assistance.
From financial support to business development support, drought assistance initiatives are still available to address a wide range of drought-driven concerns. Click here to view full media release.
New lease on life for Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery
The canvas of Stanthorpe’s thriving art scene has received an exciting new layer with the Southern Downs Regional Council voting at yesterday’s Special Meeting in favour of expanding the art gallery’s current site at Weerona Park to create a new hub to showcase art on the Granite Belt.
After a decade of discussions and investigations, Council reviewed a number of options and elected to significantly expand the gallery at an expected cost of approximately $4m to address storage, space and safety issues. Click here to view full media release.
Advancing regional skills a priority for Council
The Regional Skills Investment Strategy (RSIS) implemented on the Southern Downs in November 2018 has now been extended until June 2021.
Funded by the Queensland Government, the project is a working partnership between Southern Downs Regional Council and the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) to identify the local skill gaps and job demands. The project currently targets three sectors: food manufacturing, tourism, and health and aged care and strongly focuses on industry reference groups to provide feedback around the training needs on the Southern Downs. Click here to view full media release.