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Bathurst Regional Council (BRC) has today unveiled a community water tank project funded through the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Program.

The program saw $1 million allocated to BRC to provide funding for community projects to assist with local infrastructure and community projects.

Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, said BRC identified 13 projects across the shire to invest in, including the provision of 50,000 litre water tanks to a number of the village communities with the Local Government Area at a value of more than $100,000.

“During these extremely dry times the provision of community water tanks to local villages is the perfect investment project for the Drought Communities Program,” Mr Gee said.

The tanks will be installed to meet a range of objectives including additional water for firefighting purposes, water for use at community events and to increase community amenity.

“This measure will contribute to the emotional, physical and economic wellbeing of village communities,” Mr Gee said.

“BRC is one of 128 councils which received funding under the Drought Communities Program in 2019. Project funding is intended to provide short-term support, including by boosting local employment and procurement, and addressing social and community needs.”

Bathurst Mayor, Cr Bobby Bourke, said BRC is committed to supporting resilient village communities across the region in times of drought.

“Council has purchased, installed and provided the first fill for a new 50,000L rain water tank within the villages of Freemantle, Sofala, Hill End, Trunkey Creek, Rockley, Yetholme, Peel, Sunny Corner, Wattle Flat and Georges Plains,” Cr Bourke said.

“These tanks may be co-located with Rural Fire Service facilities or other existing infrastructure, as is the case with the water tank which is located at the Rural Fire Service in Freemantle,” he concluded.