Photo Caption (L-R): Member for Parkes Mark Coulton with Bourke Shire Council Mayor Barry Hollman and General Manager Ross Earl in Bourke last week.
Bourke Shire Council’s proposed local projects have received the green light to be funded under the Coalition Government’s Drought Communities Programme (DCP) – Extension.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said he was pleased an extra $1 million had been allocated to Bourke Shire Council for a range of exciting initiatives across the region.
“The Coalition Government committed to delivering an additional $1 million to every council in my electorate, including Bourke, under the DCP – Extension, so that we can get cracking on important local projects to stimulate community spending and support jobs,” Mr Coulton said.
“These grants are providing a critical cash injection at a time when drought has had an enduring impact on community morale and the local economy right across my electorate.
“We’re also dealing with the many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re working to ensure our communities are supported through the difficult times.
“I’m very pleased that Bourke Shire Council can now invest in these exciting projects – not only in Bourke, but in Enngonia, Louth, Fords Bridge, Wanaaring and Yantabulla as well.
“These community-based improvements will make the world of difference right across the shire.”
Council will undertake a range of infrastructure, event and employment-based projects across the region, comprising of:
• creation of the Percy Hobson mural on the Bourke Water Tower;
• construction of standing stories Aboriginal sculptures along the Darling River;
• upgrades to the Enngonia Jockey Club grounds and racecourse, kitchen and toilet, painting and electric work at Enngonia Memorial Hall;
• upgrade to the Louth Tennis Court park area, and installation of metal pickets and upgraded fencing at Louth Cricket Ground;
• installation of water system at Louth Village Park;
• installation of shade structures, signage and construction of a spectator facility at Fords Bridge;
• installation of playground equipment at Wanaaring and Fords Bridge;
• roof upgrades at Wanaaring War Memorial Hall and Wanaaring Gymkhana Hall and installation of a river pump at Wanaaring;
• infrastructure upgrades (new tables and chairs) at Wanaaring Rodeo and Gymkhana and Western Herald Community Cooperative;
• upgrade to the cemetery, fencing and signage at Starlight’s grave, North Kerribree cemetery and Yantabulla cemetery;
• host a community music festival in November 2020;
• purchase of workshop resources for the Youth Health Lifestyle Program;
• upgrades to horse yards and stable at Bourke Showground and Racecourse;
• construction of BBQ area at Bourke Pool;
• construction of a storage shed at the Back O Bourke Tourist Centre;
• installation of practice target frames at Bourke Pistol Club;
• painting at the Bethlehem Community Centre;
• installation of shelves/cupboards at the Bourke Arts Group Pottery Shed;
• installation of watering system and fire safety upgrades at the Bourke and District Children’s Services Centre;
• installation of roller door at Bourke Laundry Service;
• purchase of marquees, shade tents, BBQ material, tables/chairs for the Bourke Fishing Club, Back O Bourke Race Club, Bourke Junior Rams Rugby Union Club and Louth Fishing Club;
• installation of two freezers to assist with wild dog management.
General Manager of Bourke Shire Council Ross Earl said Council was thrilled with the grant.
“Bourke Shire Council is extremely pleased to receive the funding under the Drought Communities Programme, which will provide a much-needed boost to our local economy,” Mr Earl said.
“Bourke Shire has allocated a considerable amount of the funding to the villages and communities within the shire, including around $100,000 each for the repair of halls at Enngonia and Wanaaring.
“Fords Bridge Sportsground will see a shelter shed established as well as playground equipment, while Louth will receive funding for improvements to the oval, and a watering system for the park in the village centre.
“In small communities such as Louth, Fords Bridge, Enngonia and Wanaaring, the halls, parks and ovals form a vital part of the social amenities for residents of these communities and surrounding districts. The funds provided will see a marked improvement of these facilities, will provide employment opportunities, and will stimulate the retail sector.”
The DCP – Extension is targeted at projects that stimulate local community spending by using local resources, businesses, suppliers and workers, or provide long-lasting benefits for communities and agricultural industries.
For more information, visit www.business.gov.au/Grants-and-Programs/Drought-Communities-Programme-Extension
• To date, $2 million in DCP – Extension funding has been made available to Bourke Shire Council for local projects.
• DCP – Extension funding is intended to provide short-term support, including by boosting local employment and procurement, and addressing social and community needs.
• DCP – Extension funding is available to eligible councils for local infrastructure projects and other drought-relief activities. All 18 councils in the Parkes electorate, as well as the Unincorporated Far West NSW region, are eligible under the program.