Backpacker tax issue resolved

FARMERS and tourism operators in the electorate of Wright have finally been given certainty on the backpacker tax after the federal government on Monday, November 28 announced a 15 per cent tax rate for working holidaymakers. Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said it was a relief to be able to provide answers for local…

New fund to drive economic growth

REGIONAL and rural communities will be the big winners out of a new federal government fund designed to build local economies. Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said the $297 million Building Better Regions Fund would invest in projects which create jobs, boost local economies and strengthen communities outside the major capital cities. “Locals know…

Volunteer grants open

GRANTS of up to $5000 are up for grabs to help community organisations from across the electorate of Wright support their volunteers. The funding is being provided under a $10 million Volunteer Grant funding round, which is open until December 20. Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz urged local groups to apply. “This is a great opportunity for…

Firies get safety boost

ENTRY to the Allandale Rural Fire Brigade station will be made safer after the group secured a $5857 Commonwealth grant to build a driveway into the facility. The new entry and driveway project will transform the entry to the station, which is currently accessed via a grass drainage ditch over a large hump. The Allandale…

Lauren inspired for the future

A BRIGHT young woman from Brassall is feeling empowered for a career in the outdoors after completing a koala conservation project with the Green Army at Peak Crossing. Lauren Thomson, 18, was among five young people from Ipswich and the Fassifern to graduate from the Commonwealth Government program recently The team worked for eight months…

Project helps youth and environment

A PROPERTY set aside for koala habitat at Peak Crossing is in better shape than ever before thanks to the work of five local youth through the Commonwealth’s Green Army program. The youngsters graduated from the federal government program on Thursday, October 6 2016 after eight months of hard work on the Queensland Trust for Nature…