Gwydir Shire Council will receive Commonwealth Government funding to assist with upgrading the hot water system at the Warialda Sporting Complex.
Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton was in Warialda last week and presented Gwydir Shire Council with a cheque in the amount of $5,170 representing half of the estimated cost for this upgrade project.
Mr Coulton said that the Warialda Sporting Complex is used by a range of local sporting groups and that they are entitled to access appropriate facilities, including hot water, at the complex.
“I am very pleased that the upgrade of the hot water system at the complex will mean that members of local sporting groups, whether from Warialda or visiting the area, will benefit from a safe and reliable hot water system,” Mr Coulton said.
The funding announcement is a result of Round 1 of the Coalition Government’s Stronger Communities Programme. The purpose of the programme is to improve local community participation and cohesion whilst contributing to vibrant and viable communities.
With sporting clubs playing an integral role in our local communities, Mr Coulton said it makes perfect sense for grants under the Stronger Communities Programme’s to assist with the maintenance of local sporting facilities.
“Attending local sporting events over the weekend in country towns is very commonplace and communities deserve to have well maintained sporting facilities for both children and adult sporting competitions,” Mr Coulton said.
A passionate advocate of the Stronger Communities Programme, Mr Coulton was overwhelmed by the community response he received for Round 1 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 90 expressions of interests for projects under
Round 1of this programme certainly confirms my belief that there is a need and I am extremely pleased to be able to help do something about it.
“In Western NSW, quality infrastructure can really make or break a community. Our local sporting clubs and volunteer organisations are pivotal to our communities’ identities and this programme certainly goes some way to preserving and growing our local areas.”