A dozen projects across Blayney Shire Council will share in $1 million of government funding to help combat the impact of the drought.
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The 12 projects were given the funding as part of the Federal government's Drought Communities Program extension, which puts money aside for refurbishing, renewing and upgrading infrastructure across regional areas.
Member for Calare Andrew Gee toured the region with Blayney Shire Council mayor Scott Ferguson on Thursday to announce the funding, which will be shared across Blayney, Neville, Newbridge, Carcoar, Millthorpe and Lyndhurst.
A recycled water project will be put in place at King George Oval, while the Blayney Tennis Club's amenities and the Dakers Oval fence will also be upgraded.
The Golden Memories museum in Millthorpe will have its toilet block upgraded, while the Millthorpe CWA Accessible Amenities and Redmond Oval's recreational area will also be given touch-ups.
Carcoar School of Arts Community Hall's septic and stormwater drainage project will be upgraded, and money will be put aside for shaded seating at Carcoar's Showground.
Newbridge Showground's pavillion will be refurbished, while the Neville Hall will be restored. Barry's community bore reservoir will also be granted funding.
The government also tipped in for the Lyndhurst recreation and grandstand cricket pitch project.
Mr Gee, who is also Minister for Decentralisation, welcomed funding for the Blayney community.
"The drought communities program has brought real and lasting benefits to the communities of the Blayney Shire during an extraordinarily difficult time," Mr Gee said.
"It's given the shire an economic shot in the arm by getting key community infrastructure up and running and employing local builders and tradies.
"It's also helped to lift local spirits and morale by getting worthy local projects moving.
He said he "couldn't wait" to see the projects completed and said council had done an "outstanding" job to manage the funding.
"We're thrilled with the list of projects that have been approved for the extra funding," Cr Ferguson said.
"Each organisation has been highly active in pursuing these much-needed improvements and the scope of projects covers a wide variety of areas that is bound to bring maximum benefit to communities within the Blayney Local Government area," said Cr Ferguson.
n total, $301 million has been committed to the program nation-wide over four years to deliver an immediate economic stimulus in communities facing hardship.
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