New projects that will facilitate the flow of money through local economies, generate jobs and support local businesses will soon start rolling out across the Narrabri region with the NSW Nationals in the state government confirming $900,000 in funding to be allocated to five local projects.

NSW Nationals Upper House MP Sam Farraway said funding from the $170 million Drought Stimulus Package will allow Narrabri Shire Council to move forward with projects that will generate work for local trades and suppliers and deliver other broader benefits to the community.

Mr Farraway joined with Narrabri Shire Council mayor Cathy Redding to look at some of the local projects that will receive funding from the Drought Stimulus Package.

“$350,000 will go towards the beautification of significant buildings in CBD areas of towns and villages throughout the shire,” Mr Farraway said.

“The Narrabri Creek Shared Path is set to benefit from $300,000 going towards the construction of a 500m shared path between Number One and Number Two Ovals, and $70,000 towards the construction of a path from Ugoa Street to Mooloobar Street, along the western side of the lake.

“Narrabri Shire Council has put forward these projects because they will support local communities across the region and help boost opportunities into the future.”

Cr Redding said: “This funding allows the council to continue to make positive improvements across the shire, with construction of these projects providing an economic boost to the shire with the utilisation of local resources and suppliers.”

“These projects will be great assets to the shire adding to our wonderful walking paths, sporting and community facilities. The Narrabri Shire is exhausting all avenues to support and boost our community on the back of drought and COVID-19.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the NSW Nationals in the state government had worked side-by-side with local councils to ensure that funding was allocated to projects that will benefit the community, support jobs and stimulate the local economy.

“We are funding big projects to help towns move towards recovery, measures that relieve financial stress for farmers and water infrastructure to boost drought resilience, but it is just as important to support local businesses and communities,” Mr Barilaro said.

The Drought Stimulus Package has funded shovel-ready infrastructure projects and emergency water security projects, putting cash into the economies of the state’s hardest-hit drought areas as well as towns doing it tough.

More than $2 billion has been made available through the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Emergency Drought Relief Package, while regional water security is a focus of the $1 billion Safe and Secure Water program and the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund.