More money for the shire.

Fresh on the heels of a $1 million allocation to Narrabri Shire from the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program Extension fund last week for a range of district projects, a further $900,000 has been announced to be spent on local infrastructure and to provide jobs.

Nationals MLC Sam Farraway visited Narrabri on Thursday bearing a cheque for the funds from the state government’s Drought Stimulus Package which will be spent across the shire.

The $900,000 is aimed at supporting local tradespeople and contractors, Mr Farraway said.

Five shire projects will be funded.

The shared pathway along the Narrabri Creek will receive $300,000, $350,000 will go to the improvement of ‘significant’ buildings in the shire’s towns and villages, a path from Ugoa to Mooloobar Streets will be funded with $70,000, $140,000 will pay for a Bellata multi-purpose sporting court, and $40,000 will go to a shade sail for Wee Waa skate park.

The new projects will facilitate the flow of money through the local economy, generate jobs and support local businesses, Mr Farraway said.

Narrabri Shire Council Mayor, Cathy Redding welcomed the funding.

“The Narrabri Shire is exploring all avenues to support and boost our community on the back of drought and COVID-19.”

“This funding allows Council to continue to make positive improvements across the Shire, with construction of these projects providing an economic boost with the utilisation of local resources and suppliers.

“The projects will be great assets to the Shire adding to our wonderful walking paths, sporting and community facilities.”

Where the $900,000 funding will go:

CBD Beautification: $350,000 – Beautification upgrades to eligible buildings in core CBD areas of towns and villages throughout the Shire.
Building and business owners will apply through an Expression of Interest (EOI) process.
Works can include painting of building facades, soffit and building awnings.

Narrabri Lake Shared Path: $70,000 – Construction of a shared path along Narrabri Lake, from Ugoa Street to Mooloobar Street, along the Western side of the lake. The proposed new path will be approximately 980 metres and will join with recently completed shared path sections which will result in Narrabri Lake having a shared path around the full perimeter of the lake. The path will link to the Narrabri West Pirate Park, Narrabri Lake outdoor gym equipment, as well as providing a linking path to Narrabri West Public School access and Cooma Road (Newell Highway).

Narrabri Creek Shared Path Stage 4: $300,000 – Construction of a 500 metre concrete shared path along Narrabri Creek behind number 2 oval and number 3 oval.

Bellata Precinct Multi-purpose Court: $140,000 – The project will involve works to create a multi-purpose sporting court in Bellata for use by Bellata community members and visitors to play a range of sports including tennis, basketball and netball.

Wee Waa Skate Park – Shade Structure: $40,000 – The money will pay for the erection of a shade sail at Wee Waa skate park, on Rose Street, Wee Waa.

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