A statue of the champion Australian thoroughbred horse, Gunsynd, known as the Goodiwindi Grey, was erected in his honour in his hometown. During his illustrious career, Gunsynd won 29 races and was only defeated once.
The Goondiwindi Regional Council has used its total allocation of $1.38 million in funding from the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland (W4Q) program to effectively put paid to the theory that ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.’
After receiving the 2016-17 W4Q funding, the council went full steam ahead to undertake 28 projects to significantly improve community assets in the towns of Goondiwindi, Texas and Inglewood.
Council contractors and locals were employed to upgrade a number of footpaths, install new cemetery fencing and slip-proof shower recesses at a community pool, and repair goal posts at a local football field.
Under the 2016-2017 W4Q program, $200 million was allocated to 65 councils throughout regional Queensland to complete more than 700 projects.
Goondiwindi Regional Council Mayor, Graeme Scheu, said W4Q was one of the few funding programs which enables councils to maintain existing assets at a level that benefits the entire community.
‘The kind of essential maintenance that we were able to do under the Works for Queensland program means our community assets are maintained at a high standard rather than waiting for a few more years when they may require significant repair,’ he said.
Mayor Scheu said upgrades, such as the new fencing at the Texas cemetery, were also done with the sensitivities of local residents in mind.
“We’d had a number of reports of kangaroos jumping through the existing fencing and causing damage to the grounds, which was upsetting to people visiting their loved ones,’ he said.
Mayor Scheu said W4Q had generated employment in the region with council contractors employing local residents.
The W4Q program is now a $600 million funding program commencing in 2016-17 until 2020-21, administered by the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs. It supports regional councils to undertake job-creating maintenance and minor infrastructure projects.