Federal Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has welcomed up to $1 million in funding for local councils.
“All 18 local councils in my electorate, and the Unincorporated Far West, can now apply for up to $1 million each under the Drought Communities Programme (DCP) to help stimulate local jobs and business,” Mr Coulton said.
“This is on top of the $1 million per council which was delivered for local projects last year. We are seeing some excellent initiatives rolling out – from artesian bore baths at Goodooga, to infrastructure improvements at the Dubbo saleyards, and many others.”
The extra funds under DCP were announced last month. Mr Coulton had been pushing for this to be ready to go before Christmas, and was thrilled councils could now get cracking on their applications.
“This will get projects off the ground sooner so communities dealing with the drought can get the boost they need,” Mr Coulton said.
“The program has already funded more than 300 projects nationally, such as potable water supplies, tourist attractions and community events, and has also employed drought support officers.
“I urge councils to get their applications in as soon as they can.”