Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton inspected the plans for the Narrabri Tourism and Cultural Precinct, with Narrabri Shire Council Open Spaces Manager Evan Harris, Tourism and Community Development Manager Nikki O’Neill and Deputy Mayor Cathy Redding.
Narrabri locals and visitors will soon have access to a new modern amenities block near the Narrabri Region Visitor Information Centre, thanks to $300,000 in funding from the Federal Government.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton recently met with Narrabri Shire Council to find out more about the project, funded under the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program.
“As part of the now $2.2 billion National Bushfire Recovery Fund, the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program is backing projects which the affected communities have said will best support their ongoing recovery,” Mr Coulton said.
“In the Narrabri Shire, this is the establishment of the Narrabri Tourism and Cultural Precinct, which will provide amenities and recreational facilities to encourage passing tourists and visitors to stop and spend time, and ultimately their money, in Narrabri.
“This funding will be used to construct a new amenities block and access pathways near the Narrabri Region Visitor Information Centre, to improve the standard of toilet facilities available to visitors to the Narrabri township.
“We understand that recovery from bushfires takes time, and we will continue to support impacted communities through their recovery from the devastating Black Summer bushfires of 2019-2020.”
Narrabri Shire Council Mayor Ron Campbell thanked the Australian Government for providing this funding from the National Bushfire Recovery Fund.
“Council has been proactively applying for funding from government agencies and departments to contribute to the completion of the Narrabri Tourism and Cultural Precinct,” Cr Campbell said.
“The amenities block will provide improved facilities that are inclusive for people with disabilities through the inclusion of accessible toilets that will be connected by a footpath to the inclusive playground and recreational facilities that will be constructed as part of the overall Tourism and Cultural Precinct.
“The Narrabri Tourism and Cultural Precinct will be located beside The Crossing Theatre and behind the Narrabri Region Visitor Information Centre. The location provides a central and accessible community meeting destination with close proximity to the CBD for locals and visitors alike.”
The project will be undertaken in three stages with the amenities block earmarked for completion in stage one.
More information about the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program is available on the National Recovery and Resilience Agency website at: https://recovery.gov.au/black-summer-bushfire-recovery-grants-program