Photo caption: Warrumbungle Shire Council Director Technical Services Gary Murphy (left) and Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton (right) pictured with Drover Projects’ Brad Kasch who is currently constructing the skate park at Bowen Oval in Coolah.
Upgrades to sporting facilities, roads and footpaths are among a number of projects currently rolling out across the Warrumbungle Shire, thanks to a multi-million dollar Federal Government investment which is creating jobs and boosting the local economy.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton this week met with Warrumbungle Shire Council Director Technical Services Gary Murphy to discuss how the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) funding is benefitting the shire.
“Warrumbungle Shire Council received $1,553,366 under the first phase of the LRCI program and an additional $1,279,467 in Phase 2, so it’s fantastic to see a number of projects charging ahead using these funds,” Mr Coulton said.
“The construction of kerb access ramps across the shire will boost pedestrian safety and accessibility, while fence upgrades and changeroom renovations at a number of the sporting fields will benefit these communities for years to come, making the Warrumbungle Shire an attractive place to live and raise a family.
“This is exactly the type of work the Federal Government is pleased to support – to create local job opportunities, while delivering lasting benefits.
“The LRCI program has proven to be a huge success for our local communities, with councils able to use these funds for projects that they otherwise wouldn’t have the capacity to undertake.”
Warrumbungle Shire Council Director Technical Services Gary Murphy said close to 30 projects are completed or underway across the shire thanks to the LRCI program.
“These projects will be beneficial for our communities, creating more accessible towns while boosting our recreational facilities greatly,” Mr Murphy said.
“The LRCI program has delivered real benefits to the communities across the Warrumbungle Shire, so thank you to the Federal Government for its continued support and funding.”
In the 2021–22 Budget, the Australian Government announced a $1 billion extension of the LRCI program, following strong community and local government support, including an additional $3,106,732 for Warrumbungle Shire Council under Phase 3. This extension brings the total LRCI funding allocation for Warrumbungle Shire Council to $5,939,565.
Local projects approved under Phase 1 of the LRCI program include:
- Drainage works on Moorefield Road between 2km and 3km from Black Stump Way – $154,600
- Mary Jane Cain Bridge extension of concrete path – $100,000
- Road works on unnamed laneway – $35,000
- Ironbark Street road works – $30,000
- Dalgarno Street road works – $160,000
- Construction of pedestrian kerb access ramps in Coonabarabran – $40,000
- Construction of pedestrian kerb access ramps in Coolah – $20,000
- Construction of pedestrian kerb access ramps in Baradine – $29,298
- Construction of pedestrian kerb access ramps in Dunedoo – $25,000
- Construction of pedestrian kerb access ramps in Binnaway – $10,000
- Construction of pedestrian kerb access ramps in Bandulla Street – $9,414
- Booloola Road works – $200,000
- Piambra Road works – $350,000
- Tongy Lane road works – $196,652
- Munns Road works- $173,402
Phase 2 projects include:
- Replacement of amenities building at Robertson Oval, Dunedoo – $307,000
- Rehabilitation of 1km of Tucklan Road – $200,000
- Fence replacement at No 3 Oval – $90,000
- Changeroom renovations at No 3 Oval – $100,000
- Changeroom renovations at Baradine Oval – $92,000
- Avonside Road rehabilitation – $80,467
- Rotherwood Road rehabilitation – $80,000
- Flags Rockedgiel Road rehabilitation – $80,000
- Napier Lane rehabilitation – $80,000
- Resurfacing of two tennis courts at Coolah – $70,000
- Installation of automated irrigation system for Binnaway Oval – $35,000
- External boundary fence replacement at No 3 Oval – $30,000
- Construction of a new skate park at Bowen Oval, Coolah – $35,000