Update on Drought Communities Program Funding

Update on Drought Communities Program Funding

In August 2018, the Australian Government announced an additional $1 million in support for eligible councils as part of the Drought Communities Program. The objective of the Drought Communities Program is to deliver benefits in Declared Council areas, by supporting investment in local infrastructure initiatives. Funding is targeted at infrastructure projects that provide employment for people whose work opportunities have been impacted by drought; stimulate local community spending; use local resources, businesses and suppliers; and/or provide a long-lasting benefit to communities and the agricultural industries on which they depend.

Narromine Shire Council has allocated $110 000 of the $1 million funding to its Community and Economic Stimulus grants program, which was announced in December 2018. This program is for capital works programs put forward by community groups and organisations. Applicants were invited to apply for up to $20 000 to undertake each project and applications closed on Friday 15 February.

“We have received a total of 20 applications all of which aimed to rejuvenate community infrastructure in Narromine, Trangie and Tomingley as well as utilise local contractors,” said Jane Redden, General Manager of Narromine Shire Council.

“We would like to thank the Australian Government for their continued support of our community through the Drought Communities Program,” said Ms Redden.

“Other projects which are underway through the DCP so far include $589,000 for the Community Infrastructure Enhancements project (Narromine, Trangie and Tomingley); and $270,000 for the Drought Road Safety and Maintenance – a grading and litter/debris clearing project,” she continued.

“Capitalising on this funding forms part of our Community Strategic Plan commitment to develop and build partnerships with state and federal governments, industry and community organisations to foster development and delivery of community services and emerging business sectors.”

“Council looks forward to providing further updates once all applications for the Community and Economic Stimulus grants program have been reviewed.”

Image: Entrance into Narromine Shire boundary.


Further Media Contacts:

Narromine Shire Council, General Manager, Jane Redden T: 0407 438 422