2018 Steele's Bakery & Cafe NYE Rodeo: Leonardo and Raffaella Healey.
2018 Steele's Bakery & Cafe NYE Rodeo: Leonardo and Raffaella Healey. Jiordan Tolli

WHAT'S COMING: Major projects, world-class event in store

LIVABILITY in small towns, a world-class sporting event and infrastructure upgrades will be in the spotlight in what looks to be a big year for the Southern Downs in 2019.

After the community joined together to ring in the new year, Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie yesterday revealed the major projects that will make a difference to residents over the next 12 months.

Cr Dobie said the Urban Design Framework would have a profound impact on residents as work is undertaken to make small towns and villages more liveable and appealing to residents and visitors.

Works at Wallangarra have already begun with the building of a children's playground, barbecue and picnic shelter.

Enhancements at Maryvale will commence shortly when the railway reserve is turned into a native tree arboretum.

Project planning is also continuing for improvements at Killarney, Allora and Leyburn.

Cr Dobie said there were also multiple other projects in the pipeline including upgrades to community halls, improvement to the Leyburn water supply and upgrades to roads and buildings.

Drought relief will also continue to be a major focus with significant Federal Government funding allocated to the Southern Downs.

Cr Dobie said the Southern Downs Regional Council had already had three one-million-dollar projects approved with funding to be spent by June 30.

Development isn't the only thing to get excited about this year, with a huge international event also being added to the calendar.

The Adina Polocrosse World Cup estimated to bring more than 40,000 visitors to Warwick in April.

Warwick Polocrosse Club president Les Fraser said there was no better place to host the World Cup than the Southern Downs.

"The event will shed a light on Warwick to other Australians as well as people from overseas that wouldn't usually travel to southeast Queensland,” he said.

"We hope the event will leave a world-class legacy and people will continue to visit Warwick long after the World Cup is over.”