Community projects across western NSW have recently received funding that aims to help stimulate their local economies which have been affected by drought and COVID-19
Eight projects in the Parkes electorate will share in $424,000 of funding under the latest round of the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal's (FRRR) Tackling Tough Times Together program.
The Curban Community Hall received $33,463 for various improvements, while $51,195 was granted to the Central West Farming Systems Incorporated Condobolin.
"The local community will benefit from enhancements to the Curban Community Hall including the installation of audio-visual equipment and an upgrade to the outdoor barbecue area, made possible with a $33,463 grant for Gilgandra Shire Council," Mr Coulton said.
"Community halls are all too often the main meeting place for community members and I know these infrastructure improvements will have long-lasting benefits."
A total of $4705 in funding was provided to the Coonabarabran Aero Club and $20,000 to the Woolshed Incorporated Lightning Ridge.
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Parkes MP Mark Coulton said the federal government was pleased to support the Foundation's crucial work of stimulating regional economies in areas impacted by drought, particularly given the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The Tackling Tough Times Together program has a range of benefits, including keeping money flowing through shops and suppliers and creating jobs," Mr Coulton said.
"This is a timely injection of funds for communities in my electorate, with the drought and now COVID-19 having a far-reaching impact on small business, the local economy and community morale more generally.
"I'm so pleased all eight of these projects have received the tick of approval, and I'm excited to see the benefits they will all bring to their local communities.
"I encourage all eligible groups to apply for the ongoing funding available under the Tackling Tough Times Together program to make their much-needed initiatives a reality."
More information on the Tackling Tough Times Together program and the latest round of recipients can be found on the Foundation's website at www.frrr.org.au/grants/TTTT