Collarenebri is just one of the western communities set to benefit from local projects funded by the NSW Nationals in the federal government.
Last week NSW Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton hosted friend and National Party colleague Minister for Resources and Water Keith Pitt on a tour of a number of Basin communities in his electorate which have benefitted from significant funding through the third round of the Federal Government’s Economic Development Program.
The first stop was Collarenebri to inspect the sites where the Collarenebri Bore Bath and Collarenebri Community Health Hub will be built, thanks to more than $1.8 million in funding.
“The $920,124 bore bath will be a game-changer for Collarenebri, boosting tourism and the local economy, while the $945,000 Community Health Hub being constructed by Rural and Remote Medical Services Incorporated will not only help attract and retain medical professionals to town, but will provide a place for young people to train and learn,” Mr Coulton said.
“During our tour, Minister Pitt and I met with members of the Wee Waa Community Complex Incorporated to hear about their plans to build two houses to attract medical professionals to Wee Waa, using their $304,000 grant.
“We also visited the Brewarrina Aboriginal Fish Traps, where a lookout and river walk will be constructed to enhance the popular tourist attraction, thanks to a $920,000 grant.”
Tourism will also be boosted in Warren, with Warren Shire Council receiving a total of $1.5 million in funding for four projects – $500,000 for the Carter Oval Sports Lighting Project, $500,000 for the Monkeygar Creek Macquarie Marshes Bird Viewing Project, $250,000 for water reservoirs and grain silos murals, and $250,000 for the Warren Showground Racecourse Improvement Program.
“It was great to be able to get out on the ground and see firsthand how these economic grants will improve these communities for the better,” Mr Coulton said.