Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton pictured with Lachlan Shire Council Deputy Mayor Paul Phillips and Mayor John Medcalf OAM.
Lake Cargelligo is set to be transformed into a tourist hub, with the Federal Government committing $1 million over two years to deliver the Lake Cargelligo Tourism Activation Project.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the project will support both regional development and the tourism market, with flow-on effects for the local community.
“The town of Lake Cargelligo will be transformed with a $1 million upgrade for the village centre, with new infrastructure and facilities to service tourists and residents,” Mr Coulton said.
“Upgrades such as earthworks, drainage, kerb and footpath replacements, pavement reconstruction and increased outdoor dining areas will help improve the appearance of the main street, making it a more inviting place to live, work and visit.
“This project will stimulate economic growth, deliver jobs and drive tourism-related opportunities, helping the region in its recovery from drought and COVID-19.
“Every dollar spent on building regional communities is a dollar well spent, which is why we continue investing in projects that support a more secure and resilient Australia.”
Lachlan Shire Council Mayor John Medcalf OAM said council is very appreciative of this funding support from the Federal Government.
“Council has been working hard to create tourist attractions and increase our share of the visitor economy for several years,” Cr Medcalf said.
“With the natural beauty of Lake Cargelligo, an obvious project was to refresh Foster Street to make it a more attractive and enjoyable space to visit and conduct business.
“Council hopes the completion of the Foster Street Tourism Activation Project will also encourage property owners in the area to refresh their buildings and further enhance the town.
“The successful completion of this project will have spin-off benefits for the whole shire, and it should encourage travellers to visit the other towns and villages that make up our community.”
This funding is part of the Australian Government’s commitment of $100 million over two years to fund the Regional Recovery Partnerships in 10 regions across Australia. The Partnerships reflect the Australian Government’s commitment to working with all levels of government to deliver jobs, economic recovery and economic diversification.