Funding Success for Jondaryan Woolshed
Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Visitors to the region’s iconic Jondaryan Woolshed museum and historical village will soon have even better facilities thanks to a funding boost under the Coalition Government’s Drought Communities Program.
Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh joined representatives of Toowoomba Region Council and Jondaryan Woolshed staff at the historical village today to announce funding of $221, 500 to improve accommodation facilities at the venue.
“Jondaryan Woolshed is one of the oldest and largest woolsheds in Australia and is one of our region’s most iconic tourist attractions and important historical sites,” Dr McVeigh said.
“This funding will help ensure more people can come and enjoy this heritage-listed attraction that so brilliantly celebrates Australia’s rich pastoral and cultural history, in particular the wool industry,” he said.
Dr McVeigh said the funds would be used for repairs and improvements across the site’s range of accommodation facilities.
“Each year Jondaryan Woolshed receives an average of 30,500 visitors, with 13,500 visitors staying on-site across the range of accommodation options including self-contained cottages, cabins, shearer’s quarters and unpowered campsites,” he said.
“This funding will be used to upgrade these facilities, which will help attract even more visitors and ensure ongoing business viability for the Jondaryan Woolshed museum and historical village precinct.”
Dr McVeigh said the Liberal and Nationals Coalition Government was investing $7 billion in drought support across Australia, including $131 million for the Drought Communities Program.
“The Coalition has made drought a national priority,” he said.
“Through the Drought Communities Program, we are backing local communities to deliver local projects to drive more jobs in the communities doing it tough.
“The Drought Communities Programme has a track record of getting it done, and this is another way the Liberal and Nationals Government is tackling drought, and working together with local communities.
“This funding targets some of the worst hit areas, making it possible for councils to implement important infrastructure projects and other drought-relief activities.”
For more information on the Drought Communities Program visit: https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/drought-communities-programme