Rural Aid's Our Town program awards $100,000 to Walgett

THIRTY-SIX volunteers have spent the last week giving the Walgett region a physical makeover as part of Rural Aid's Our Town program.

The town has been awarded $100,000 to boost the town's growth and sustainability over the next five years.

In addition to the financial boon, the volunteers spent the week sprucing up Walgett's famous Bore Baths, building new gardens at Apex Park, cleaning up the Historical Museum and installing street furniture around town.

Rural Aid CEO John Warlters said the volunteers had put in a huge effort.

"After postponing Walgett's Our Towns week due to flooding, it was great to finally make it to town and get started," he said.

"The work our volunteers have achieved this week is incredible.

"They've poured their hearts into the town's projects. We can't wait to see tourists making the most of Walgett's upgraded facilities."

Christine Ford is one of three Walgett residents instrumental in organising Rural Aid's visit to town.

She thanked the charity and volunteers for the work they've poured into the community during the past week.

"I think it's given us the incentive to carry on.

"We have plans in our head that we will carry on and will keep making a difference."

The project has been made possible by property investment and development company Holdmark and Peter Kenyon from the Bank of I.D.E.A.S.

A Community Development Plan is in the final stages of completion and will help guide the town's future.

Holdmark CEO Sarkis Nassif said the Rural Aid Our Towns program is an important initiative.

"[The program is] one that Holdmark Property Group is proud to be supporting.

"It is great to see the volunteers working hand in hand with locals to build capacity in regional communities like Walgett."

"With Volunteer Week having just been celebrated, it is fantastic to see first-hand the significant contribution from the volunteers here in Walgett this week.

"Evidence shows that volunteering connects us to others in our local communities, to better mental well-being; this forms part of the Holdmark ethos," Mr Nassif said.

The next Our Towns project is planned for Brewarrina from the 4th to the 10th of July.

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