Five projects in the Oberon 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 Oberon 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 Oberon 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 Oberon Council, Cr Kathy Sajowitz thanked the Federal Government for making the drought funding available.
“The Federal Government Drought Communities Funding is welcome news for our whole community which has been suffering through an extended period of very dry conditions,” Cr Sajowitz said.
“Drought has a flow on effect to the whole community and for this reason Council has aimed to ensure the whole local government area benefits from this funding and projects have been developed with this in mind.”
The following projects will be funded under the Drought Communities Program in the Oberon Shire:
- Three drought relief events in O’Connell;
- Infrastructure upgrades to community facilities in Oberon and surrounding villages;
- Upgrades to camping and picnic facilities at Burraga Dam;
- Upgrades to camping facilities at Reef Reserve; and
- Kitchen upgrades at the Black Springs Hall.
For information on the Drought Communities Program visit: