Federal Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has announced more than $11 million in funding for the three projects in the electorate that have been successful under Round 5 of the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
Broken Hill is the big winner in this latest round of funding, with Broken Hill City Council awarded more than $8.7 million to revitalise and activate the Central Business District.
The funding will be used to develop stage one of the community precinct, including a new library and community hub building, as well as the redevelopment of the existing library into an archive centre and installation of city wayfinding.
Mr Coulton said this is something that council has been working towards for many years, and he’s pleased to have been able to secure this funding to make the project a reality.
“This is a big win for the local community, providing a CBD to be proud of and a real boost to tourism for this wonderful city,” Mr Coulton said.
The Cooinda aged care facility in Coonabarabran has received more than $2.1 million to renovate its existing kitchen and construct a new laundry.
“Cooinda is a wonderful facility, and this upgrade will make life much easier for the hard-working staff, which in turn will have a significant impact on the quality of care provided to our elderly residents,” Mr Coulton said.
Gilgandra Shire Council was the third BBRF recipient, awarded $329,514 for its The Mill on Miller Street project which will revitalise the town centre and capitalise on under-utilised laneways to link up with the Castlereagh River.
“It’s so important that our small communities have vibrant main streets and I’m pleased that Gilgandra Shire Council will be able to undertake this project to boost community spirit and draw visitors to the town,” Mr Coulton said.
“I’m excited that each of these projects has been given the green light and proud to be part of a Government that delivers for our community.”