Community upgrades given funding boost

Minister for Local Government Mark Coulton and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack making the announcement on Friday.
Minister for Local Government Mark Coulton and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack making the announcement on Friday.

An extra $915,452 has been given to the Cowra Shire Council to improve local roads and community infrastructure.

The funding was announced on Friday and comes under the new $500 million Local Road and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program, which is part of the federal government's broader $1.8 billion boost to Local Government Areas (LGA) across Australia.

In announcing the funding, Riverina MP and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the package will support local jobs and businesses and will boost local economies struggling under the effects of COVID-19.

Mr McCormack said the improvements would have lasting economic and social benefits for communities, particularly those in the regions.

"This package will improve road safety and bolster the resilience of our local road networks," he said.

"Projects could include constructing or improving bridges, street lighting and heavy vehicle facilities such as rest areas or weigh stations.

"Providing support for social infrastructure projects such as new or upgraded bicycle and walking paths, community halls, picnic shelters and barbecue facilities at parks, will help communities, especially those in regional and remote areas, stay connected."

Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West, said he was delighted with the Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program.

He said there were some projects which sprung to mind which could benefit from an injection of money, such as the swimming pool and the Civic Centre, but Council would consult the community to make sure it received the benefit of not only an economic spend now, but ongoing growth and development.