DROUGHT SUPPORT: Rural CQ town to receive $100k makeover
A SMALL central Queensland town will receive a $100,000 makeover next week as an army of Rural Aid volunteers makes its way west.
The town of Alpha was announced as one of 10 communities across Australia to receive a make over by Rural Aid as part of the Our Towns initiative, supporting small rural communities impacted by drought.
Alpha’s Queensland Police Sergeant, Brian Smith said the community was thrilled to be selected for the makeover, which would boost spirits around town.
“As a community, we were overwhelmed to hear that our town was fortunate enough to be selected,” he said.
“We are a rural town who, like many other small rural towns, have been hit with many years of drought and the hardships that are associated with them.
“The money will boost spirits to the revitalisation of an asset within our community.”
As part of the physical upgrades next week, Alpha’s Settlers Park will have a new raised community garden and the sculpture of a bull will be elevated to be more visually prominent.
At the east end of Shakespeare Street the park benches and planters will be painted, and a small shed will be erected to house life size chess pieces.
The golf club will have the exterior refreshed and a new swing set will be installed.
At two church grounds, some overdue pruning will happen and the pottery shed at the showgrounds will get new wall cladding, a new door and a lick of paint.
The museum will also have all of its items catalogued.
CEO of Rural Aid, John Warlters said the town makeover was sponsored by Energy Queensland, that was part of the volunteer army.
“Over the next five years, each of the 10 Our Towns in our program receive $100,000 in projects and support to renew their town,” he said.
“This includes a community workshop on the town’s long-term future and sustainability, as well as the materials and trade expertise needed to do the makeover.
“These are sourced as locally as possible to support local businesses.”
Alpha is known as the ‘Town of Murals’ with 27 murals painted by local resident artists beautifully paying tribute to the pioneers of the bush and the history of the district.
Mr Warlters said the long-term renewal projects were made possible thanks to the generosity of sponsors and volunteers that would be giving their time and expertise for such a great cause.
“Alpha’s community has worked hard, coming up with ideas and forming those ideas into a plan for their vision of their future,” he said.
“We can’t wait to see the results of the makeover.”
Other Our Town winners include Gayndah, Cunnamulla and Monto, as well as six other towns across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.