Walgett Shire Council has been successful in securing funding from the Commonwealth Government to provide much needed public toilet facilities to the village of Come by Chance.
Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton today announced $20,000 towards this project through Round 2 of the Coalition Government’s Stronger Communities Programme (SCP).
Mr Coulton said that this project certainly fulfils the intention of the Coalition’s SCP.
“The purpose of this programme is to improve local community participation and cohesion whilst contributing to vibrant and viable communities,” Mr Coulton said.
“The addition of public toilets is a necessity for the village as it hosts a number of regular events and meetings which results in a large number of people visiting the area.”
Mr Coulton is a passionate advocate of the Stronger Communities Programme and was overwhelmed by the community response he received for both Round 1 and now Round 2 from right across the federal electorate of Parkes.
“For a long time I felt there was a need for greater support for incorporated not-for-profit and local government organisations to help build and maintain small infrastructure projects that would benefit our local communities,” Mr Coulton said.
“The fact that my office received over 160 expressions of interests for projects under Rounds 1 and 2 of this programme certainly confirms my belief that there is a need for this type of funding and I am extremely pleased to be able to help do something about it.
“Our local government organisations are pivotal to our community’s identities and this programme certainly goes some way to supporting them and the terrific work they do.”