Photo Caption: Member for Parkes Mark Coulton was joined by Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt for a series of announcements and meetings in the Parkes electorate this week. Mr Coulton (right) and Mr Pitt (left) are pictured with Bourke Shire Council Mayor Barry Hollman and Brewarrina Shire Council Mayor Phillip O’Connor in Bourke on Wednesday.
Menindee Central School will receive a major funding boost from the Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program, with the awarding of a grant to promote Baarka student artworks and stimulate student career opportunities.
Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt said the Menindee Enterprise Park will receive $268,652 for the ‘Making Tracks Program’.
“This project will provide an online retail presence and promotions, including a documentary, to promote Baarka student artworks,” Minister Pitt said.
“These Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program grants are about helping rural and regional communities.
“This second round of grants, valued at $15 million, is even more important given the effects drought, bushfires, and now COVID-19 are having on our communities.”
Federal Member for Parkes and Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government Mark Coulton said the grant will give the Far West region a real boost.
“This program will promote Baarka student artworks to the national and international community, creating jobs to deliver the project and future career paths for students,” Mr Coulton said.
“Congratulations to the Menindee community for generating this project – I’m looking forward to seeing it evolve.”
More than $3.4 million in grants has been committed to the Parkes electorate under round 2 of the Murray Darling Basin Economic Development Program. To find out more and for a full list of projects funded in round 2 visit www.agriculture.gov.au/water/mdb/programs/basin-wide/edpgrants