$1 million in drought funding to be injected into Murrumbidgee Council area
Making townships more appealing and welcoming to live in and visit will be key influences in how Murrumbidgee Council spends the latest round of Australian Government Drought funding.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said living through a prolonged drought has been really difficult, and now COVID-19 has strained things further.
Cr McRae said we have carefully selected projects that will provide both immediate and long-term benefits to all of our residents by making our towns more attractive places to live and visit.
“We see this as being extremely important in revitalising our community. These projects will benefit everyone in our community, whether you live in the township itself or live out of town and come in for your shopping and entertainment.
“It will also draw visitors to our area, who are vital in injecting money into our local economy.
Member for Farrer Sussan Ley said local government is always best placed to decide what the community’s needs are, and the areas in which we can help prime the Murrumbidgee’s economy.
Ms Ley said while all of us, from the Prime Minister down, hope the current recovery continues, projects like these demonstrate exactly why our government introduced the Drought Communities Programme.
The projects to be undertaken with the funding include:
- Beautifying the towns of Darlington Point, Coleambally and Jerilderie
- Upgrades to the three public swimming pools, including disabled access and BBQ facilities
- Enhancing Christmas with new decorations in each of the three towns
- Continuing the employment of the Drought Support Officer to focus on community engagement and well-being activities in the Council area, as well as providing assistance to drought affected businesses and families, and
- Developing an Adverse Event Plan (mandatory project with the funding).
Cr McRae said improving the visual appeal of each of our towns and making our residents proud to call this area home will be a key focus.
“Whilst the beautification project is in the preliminary planning phase at present, we will be consulting widely with the community to ensure these projects have community support.
“Initial concepts will be developed based on the community engagement that we have recently undertaken.
Cr McRae said this funding comes on top of the $1 million that Council received last year which enabled us to make many improvements to our community infrastructure and also employ Drought Support Officer, Samantha Star.
“We’re very pleased that we will be able to undertake more projects in the community and that we will also be able to extend the employment of Samantha Star as the Drought Support Officer,” she said.
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