Projects to deliver building boost across the shire

GOT IT! Paul Toole and Amanda Grenfell with John Newstead, Bruce Reynolds, Grant Baker, Scott Ferguson and Rebecca Ryan. Taken before new social distancing rules applied.
GOT IT! Paul Toole and Amanda Grenfell with John Newstead, Bruce Reynolds, Grant Baker, Scott Ferguson and Rebecca Ryan. Taken before new social distancing rules applied.

If ever there is a time when we need government backed building projects, it's now.

Both the federal and state governments have been pumping money into regional areas during the drought to drive development and maintain employment.

With the coronavirus now forcing businesses and agencies to close, keeping the wheels of local government turning is more important than ever.

Blayney mayor Scott Ferguson said that business was pretty much as usual with major projects funded by the both tiers of government, such as the pool within CentrePoint still going ahead.

The latest raft of drought funding, courtesy of the NSW government, is set to commence across the villages.

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Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has announced five projects in the Blayney shire are set to receive major funding from the NSW government's Drought Stimulus Package.

"Five projects worth a total of $625,000 have been developed and agreed in a collaboration between Blayney Shire Council and the NSW Government," Mr Toole said.

"Additional projects to be funded from Blayney's overall Drought Stimulus Package of $900,000 will be announced over coming weeks."

A pet project of councillor David Kingham, the Daker's Oval Amenities Shed (above), is to be built adjacent to the new cricket nets and will make all the difference to the Blayney Junior Cricket Club said their secretary Amanda Grenfell.

"We have about 60 members in the club at the moment and that's a lot of gear in member's homes and sheds that can now be stored here when it's needed for practice," she said.

"The nets are incredibly popular with the kids and to have this right nearby will really help them.

The projects ear-marked for funding include:

  • Dakers Oval Amenities Block - $175,000;
  • Blayney Library Accessible Toilets and Accessible Entrance - $175,000;
  • Millthorpe Railway Underpass Pedestrian Pathway - $200,000;
  • Orange360 Destination Marketing Campaign - $50,000;
  • Blayney Men's Shed Community Garden - $25,000.

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