Eleven projects have been announced in the Blayney Shire that will be taking part in the federal government’s Drought Community’s Program, and it’s the shire’s small businesses that will be reaping the benefits of the funding.
$1 million has been allocated between the projects and Blayney Mayor Scott Ferguson said that the projects have both short and long term benefits.
“The projects are spread throughout the Shire and Blayney has a number of agricultural/farm supply, irrigation, trades, earthmoving contractors, tree removal, fencing contractors and licenced water drilling businesses from Blayney and surrounds who will be engaged to undertake the works,” he said.
“Longer term each of these projects will add value to Blayney’s motels/cafes, hospitality/retail and services sector by increased tourism.”
Member for Calare Andrew Gee reiterated the purpose of the program.
“This major injection of Federal funds is designed to assist our farmers, towns and surrounding regions get through what is the worst drought in living memory,” he said.
Projects included are:
- stock water bores renewal at Barry, Blayney, Newbridge and Lyndhurst
- re-opening of Junction Reefs Reserve for camping and bush walking
- fencing and footpath seat installation at Lyndhurst Recreation Ground
- Napier Oval Sportsground bore for irrigation
- Blayney Golf Club deck and disabled access
- Lyndhurst Team Penning electrical upgrade and connection
- Blayney Showground water harvesting and stock water reticulation for the Central West Livestock and Equestrian Centre
- new arena fencing, boundary fencing and tree removal at Carcoar Showground
- new arena fencing, boundary fencing and tree removal at Neville Showground
- kitchen upgrade, repairs and painting at Mandurama hall
- the Millthorpe Golden Memories Museum convent refurbishment and function centre exhibition hall project.