The Liberal and Nationals Government is investing in the future of the Parkes electorate with more than $11 million in funding for three projects under Round 5 of the highly successful Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said Broken Hill is the big winner in this latest round of BBRF with Broken Hill City Council receiving more than $8.7 million to revitalise and activate the Central Business District.
“This project has been something that council has been working towards for many years, and I’m thrilled the Federal Government has provided this funding to help make it a reality,” Mr Coulton said.
“The funding will be used to develop stage one of the community precinct, including a new library and community hub building, as well as the redevelopment of the existing library into an archive centre and installation of city-wayfinding.
“This is a big win, not only for locals who will have a state-of-the-art new library and a CBD to be proud of, but it will provide a real boost to tourism for this wonderful city.”
Mr Coulton said he’s also happy to announce that Cooinda Nursing Home in Coonabarabran has been awarded more than $2.1 million to renovate its kitchen and laundry facilities, while Gilgandra Shire Council has received $329,514 for its The Mill on Miller Street project.
“I’m delighted the Federal Government is delivering the services and infrastructure our communities deserve,” Mr Coulton said.
“We are backing these projects so local people have the facilities for the future, while creating jobs to boost our economic recovery.
“Cooinda is a wonderful facility and I’m glad this funding will be used to renovate and extend the existing kitchen and construct a new laundry at the aged care facility. This upgrade will make life much easier for the hard-working staff at Cooinda, which will have a significant impact on the quality of care provided to our elderly residents.
“It’s also important that our small communities have vibrant main streets to boost community spirit and draw visitors, so I’m pleased that Gilgandra Shire Council will be able to use its funding to revitalise the town centre and capitalise on under-utilised laneways to link up with the Castlereagh River.
“I have worked closely with local councils and community groups, and I’m excited these projects have been given the green light. It’s great to be part of a Government that will listen to and deliver for our community.”
Under Round 5 of the BBRF, the Government has committed almost $300 million to support 298 projects across regional Australia, which will create an estimated 9,900 jobs during the project period.
This latest funding round takes the total support through the BBRF to $1.38 billion across nearly 1,300 projects.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the Government is focused on ensuring our regions remain strong.
“The Liberal and Nationals Government is continuing to work hard on behalf of Australians living in regional and remote communities,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“That’s why we’ve committed an additional $100 million under this latest round to take total funding to almost $300 million. This extra funding will support more projects, more jobs and create more economic opportunities in our regions to boost their recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Funding for these projects in the Parkes electorate is a testament to the dedication of the local member Mark Coulton.
“The Building Better Regions Fund supports economic and social infrastructure for the long-term benefit of regional communities.
“Infrastructure upgrades funded in this latest round will ensure our regions remain great places to live and visit, while helping support important regional industries which create jobs.
“Our Government is committed to delivering the best outcomes for regional and remote Australia, which is why we are providing local businesses, industries and families with opportunities to get ahead.”
Funding for the Parkes electorate includes:
- $8,767,891 for Broken Hill City Council for the Broken Hill Central Business District Revitalisation and Activation Project
- $2,160,000 for Cooinda Coonabarabran Limited for the renovation of the kitchen and laundry at Cooinda Nursing Home
- $329,514 for Gilgandra Shire Council for The Mill on Miller Street project
For a full list of successful projects, please visit: www.business.gov.au/bbrf