Drought support for the Narrabri Shire Council area under the Drought Communities Programme (DCP) has hit the million-dollar mark, with more local projects receiving the tick of approval.
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton announced the funding from Narrabri today, and said it will provide far-reaching benefits for communities across the shire.
“I am pleased Narrabri 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:
• $321,894 for Narrabri Shire CBD beautification – cosmetic upgrades to buildings within Boggabri, Narrabri and Wee Waa CBDs. Upgrades to include painting facades and awnings, and replacing vinyl awnings.
• $314,362 for upgrades to seven community halls across Narrabri Shire – upgrades to amenities and infrastructure including painting, electrical, structural, and water infrastructure.
• $57,376 for Wee Waa Sporting Complex toilet amenity upgrades
Council will use further DCP funding to provide bulk water supply units in Pilliga, Gwabegar, Bellata and Baan Baa; hold free ‘Drought Stress Buster’ community events across the shire; deliver infrastructure improvements to the Narrabri Racecourse; and construct a community green space in Wee Waa (announced in February).
Narrabri Shire Council Mayor Cathy Redding has welcomed the additional funding.
“These Drought Communities Programme grants will help Narrabri Shire Council deliver more exciting projects with benefits for the entire community,” Clr Redding said.
The DCP was extended last year to provide support of $1 million each to all 18 councils in the Parkes electorate including Narrabri, 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.