Eleven projects in the Blayney Shire will share in $1 million through the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program.
Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the Drought Communities Program supports communities in the most drought-affected regions of Australia and builds on more than $7 billion of Federal Government drought support measures.
“The important thing about the Drought Communities Program is that it recognises the severe impact the drought is not only having on the farms, but also in our towns and villages. This major injection of Federal funds is designed to assist our farmers, towns and surrounding regions get through what is the worst drought in living memory,” Mr Gee said.
“I’d like to congratulate Blayney Shire Council and the community on identifying projects which will stimulate local community spending by using local resources, businesses, suppliers and workers. These projects will also provide long-lasting benefits to the Blayney Shire.
“The only drought-breaker is rain, so we need to continue doing all we can to ensure these communities have the support they need to make it through these tough times.”
Mayor of Blayney Shire, Cr Scott Ferguson said the 11 projects are worth a total $3.43 million in value that will be invested into local businesses.
“Council sought expressions of interest from the community on how to best allocate this funding and was very pleased to have received 27 submissions from local Town and Village Committees, Progress Associations, Show Societies, Showground and Recreation Reserve Trusts for a range of projects to enhance and improve local community infrastructure,” Mayor Ferguson said.
Blayney Shire Council will use the $1 million funding to help with the refurbishment, enhancement, renewal and upgrade of the following projects:
- stock water bores renewal at Barry, Blayney, Newbridge and Lyndhurst;
- re-opening of Junction Reefs Reserve for camping and bush walking;
- fencing and footpath seat installation at Lyndhurst Recreation Ground;
- Napier Oval Sportsground bore for irrigation;
- Blayney Golf Club deck and disabled access;
- Lyndhurst Team Penning electrical upgrade and connection;
- Blayney Showground water harvesting and stock water reticulation for the Central West Livestock and Equestrian Centre;
- new arena fencing, boundary fencing and tree removal at Carcoar Showground;
- new arena fencing, boundary fencing and tree removal at Neville Showground;
- kitchen upgrade, repairs and painting Mandurama hall; and
- the Millthorpe Golden Memories Museum convent refurbishment and function centre/exhibition hall project.
“The projects are spread throughout the Shire and Blayney has a number of agricultural/farm supply, irrigation, trades, earthmoving contractors, tree removal, fencing contractors and licenced water drilling businesses from Blayney and surrounds who will be engaged to undertake the works,” Cr Ferguson added.
“Longer term each of these projects will add value to Blayney’s motels/cafes, hospitality/retail and services sector by increased tourism. The local employment and spending generated throughout the shire will provide long-lasting benefit to the Shire.”
For information on the Drought Communities Program visit: https://regional.gov.au/regional/programs/drought-communities.aspx