$1 million in upgrades will be carried out at community facilities in Mudgee, Gulgong, Rylstone and Kandos thanks to 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,” Mr Gee said.
“I’d like to congratulate Mid-Western Regional Council and the community on identifying projects which will stimulate local community spending by using local resources, businesses, suppliers and workers. This long list of projects will benefit the entire region for many years to come.
“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 the Mid-Western Region, Cr Des Kennedy welcomed the $1 million funding commitment that will deliver 12 community projects in Mudgee, Gulgong, Kandos and Rylstone.
“The intention of these projects is to boost our community and economy during these very difficult times,” Cr Kennedy said.
“Among these projects will be a $41,000 upgrade to the Saleyards Canteen that will see local farmers directly benefit from an improved facility.”
The following projects will be funded under the Drought Communities Program in the Mid-Western region:
- construction of outdoor camp kitchen amenities at the Mudgee Showground;
- upgrade of the existing canteen at the Mudgee Saleyards;
- installation of a new irrigation system at the Rylstone Showground;
- technology equipment and furniture will be installed at the Mudgee Library;
- construction of a water filtration plant that produces potable water at the Cudgegong Waters Park;
- the provision of a bus and coach access to Red Hill Environment & Education Centre in Gulgong;
- safety improvements to the Rylstone Caravan Park through works and installations;
- installation of a video scoreboard, and player seating at the Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium;
- a section of the shared Kandos-Rylstone pathway between Kandos Swimming Pool and Kandos Sewerage Treatment Plant will be repaired;
- replacement of a scoreboard and the installation of discus nets at Waratah Park, Kandos;
- replacement of the field fence at Victoria Park, Gulgong; and
- concreting of new footpaths at Rylstone.
For information on the Drought Communities Program visit: https://regional.gov.au/regional/programs/drought-communities.aspx