Funding flows for drought support

Cobar Shire residents will soon see $1million worth of drought support flow through the community, with a range of projects now approved under the Coalition Government’s Drought Communities Programme (DCP).

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton was delighted that Council will receive this funding.

“I am so pleased to give the go-ahead for Cobar Shire Council to deliver projects that will greatly benefit the community, especially in the current challenging dry times.

“Council will use this funding to rejuvenate community infrastructure and hold community events in Cobar, Nymagee, Mount Hope and Euabalong,” Mr Coulton said.

“I know these projects will provide a much-welcome boost for locals and visitors alike, and I look forward to seeing them evolve.”

The approved projects include:

Enhanced community infrastructure projects totalling $465,000 which includes irrigation at Cobar parks; upgrading of power at Ward Oval; a Blue Light Disco mobile trailer; new tennis and crickets sheds at Nymagee; a shelter over the playground and sports field at Euabalong; and irrigation projects for Euabalong.

A total of $250,000 has been approved for water bores to support road works across the Shire.

The funding allows for $150,000 for fencing improvements to public infrastructure at Ward Oval as well as other fencing projects in Mount Hope and Euabalong.

An amount of $70,000 is approved for drought events in Cobar, Nymagee, Mount Hope and Euabalong including the Drought Breaker community party at the Cobar Memorial Swimming Pool on March 1.

A sum of $35,000 will go towards signage at Nymagee and Mt Hope and $30,000 has been approved for weeding, planting and signage at the Newey; some main street beautification which will include a mural on the NAB fence in Marshall Street, more bins and signage.

The DCP was extended last year to provide support of $1 million each to all 18 councils in the Parkes electorate.