Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton pictured with Narromine Shire Council General Manager Jane Redden and Mayor Craig Davies last year.
The Liberal and Nationals Government is investing $1,819,380 million in priority projects for Narromine Shire Council, supporting local jobs, businesses and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Made possible under the third phase of the Australian Government’s $2.5 billion Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program, projects to be delivered by Narromine Shire Council include:
- $300,000 for the Narromine Aquatic Centre upgrade
- $320,000 for the Tomingley Water Supply upgrade
- $999,380 for gravel re-sheeting along Newhaven Road, Wyanga Road, Belmont Road and Backwater Road
- $200,000 for improvements to footpaths in Narromine and Trangie
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the funding provides the opportunity for Narromine Shire Council to complete a number of key projects that will provide lasting benefits.
“With the challenges presented by COVID-19, bushfires, floods and the drought, the past couple of years have been tough for communities, businesses and local councils,” Mr Coulton said.
“That’s why we have moved quickly to approve funding for these projects in the Narromine Shire, paving the way for shovels to hit the dirt to make them a reality.
“This will provide a vital boost for the Narromine Shire, backing local jobs and economic growth while delivering important projects that will benefit residents for years to come.”
Narromine Shire Council Mayor Craig Davies welcomed this funding.
“This sort of investment in vital infrastructure enables the Narromine Region to grow and supports the continued development of our region,” Cr Davies said.
“Federal funding, combined with Council’s commitment, means lots of momentum for jobs, it also gives the agricultural industry much confidence in investing in the Narromine region.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said $1 billion in funding is flowing under the third phase of the LRCI program to local councils across Australia to improve their local road networks and deliver priority community infrastructure projects.
“This builds on the $1.5 billion already approved to deliver more than 6,100 projects nationwide under the first two phases of the program,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“This program is having a significant impact across the country, with more than 2,000 projects already complete or under construction – delivering upgrades to local roads, bike paths, community halls, playgrounds, parks and sports facilities, as well as improved accessibility to public facilities.
“Phase 3 will build on this, delivering more jobs, more economic stimulus, and more of the local priority projects that communities need and deserve.”
Assistant Minister for Local Government Kevin Hogan said the program forms part of the Liberal and Nationals unwavering commitment to back local councils and their communities through COVID-19 and secure a stronger future out the other side of the pandemic.
“We want to deliver the best outcomes for locals under this program, which is why we have listened and acted on council feedback, providing a longer delivery window for local governments to pursue larger, more complex projects that may be a higher priority and have a bigger impact on the community,” Assistant Minister Hogan said.
“We also get councils to use local businesses and workforces to deliver these projects as much as possible, ensuring this stimulus flows directly into the hands of hard-working Aussies, their families, their businesses and their communities.
“I look forward to seeing more projects get underway and supporting jobs and communities at this critical time.”
For more information on the $2.5 billion LRCI program, including the allocations for the $1 billion third phase, visit https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/local-roads-and-community-infrastructure/.