Funding for the Gunnedah Shire Council area under the Drought Communities Programme (DCP) has now reached $944,651 with additional projects receiving the tick of approval.
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the funding will provide far-reaching benefits for residents of the Gunnedah Shire Council area.
“I am pleased Gunnedah Shire Council has the tick of approval for more exciting projects, which will provide a boost to the local economy and lift community morale,” Mr Coulton said.
The projects include:
• $259,448 for upgrading Gunnedah Shire’s water and hall assets – Five projects to generate long term environmental, economic, social and cultural benefits for the shire, including Mullaley Memorial Hall upgrade (air-conditioning and internal fit out); a new bathroom block at Emerald Hill; new rainwater tanks at Curlewis Hall; new tanks and hot water system at Piallaway Hall & Reserve; water bottle refill station and drinking fountain for Gunnedah’s main street.
• $34,469 for Gunnedah Shire Band Hall upgrade – solar panels, stage carpet, modern catering facilities and improving accessibility.
Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey has welcomed the additional funding.
“These Drought Communities Programme grants will help Gunnedah Shire Council deliver more exciting projects with benefits for the entire community,” Clr Chaffey said.
The DCP was extended last year to provide support of $1 million each to all 18 councils in the Parkes electorate including Gunnedah, as well as the Unincorporated Area.
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.
Funding is available to eligible councils for local infrastructure projects and other drought-relief activities. Project funding is intended to provide short-term support, including by boosting local employment and procurement, and addressing social and community needs. For details on the DCP – Extension see https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/drought-communities-programme
Further updates on other successful council projects in the Parkes electorate will be made in the near future.