Member for Mulgrave, Curtis Pitt, said residents of Mulgrave will benefit from the latest round of Blueprint for the Bush funding, announced today by Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland Tim Mulherin.

Mr Pitt said the Cassowary Coast Regional Council would receive $7,000 to attend the 2009 Country and Rural Living Expo in Brisbane.

“The Government’s Blueprint for the Bush – Our Place Our Future initiative provides rural and remote communities with the resources they need to strengthen their capacity to build a more sustainable future,” Mr Pitt said.

“In today’s current economic climate, this investment helps to strengthen and enhance the relationships between rural and urban areas, as well as helping to build the networks and support they need to attract and retain skilled workers.

“Today, I am pleased to announce that the Cassowary Coast Regional Council will receive $7,000 through round four of this year’s Our Place, Our Future initiative.

“A presence at the Country and Rural Living Expo will allow the council to showcase what the region has to offer to prospective employees and families who may be interested in a change of lifestyle.”

 Mr Pitt said the Bligh Government was strongly committed to building strong and economically sustainable communities across rural and remote Queensland.

“One of the major goals of Blueprint for the Bush is for communities to be viable and strong so it is vitally important we continue to support the development of practical solutions for the Bush,” Mr Pitt said.

 “And with more than 150 Blueprint for the Bush initiatives across the state already contributing to the increased sustainability of primary production and prosperity of rural Queensland, these newly funded projects will help us to achieve this goal.

“This investment in the future of rural and regional Queensland enables communities to deliver practical measures to address development issues.

“The funding also allows local Councils to implement projects to improve community capacity, access to transport services and the image of rural areas.”