RIVERINA Nationals’ MP and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack is in Grenfell today to inspect and discuss projects being delivered by the Federal Government.

“These projects will help to boost local employment opportunities, stimulate local spending and address social and community needs,” Mr McCormack said.

“Unfortunately, this persistent drought continues to affect our local communities.

“This funding assistance is designed to help to ease the pressure for those who have been facing tough times due to drought.

“While we cannot make it rain, I want our farmers and regional communities to know the Liberals and Nationals’ Government has your back.”

Mr McCormack is visiting a number of project sites in Grenfell and Quandialla as well as local businesses.

The approved projects under Weddin Shire Council’s $1 million Drought Communities Programme Extension funded by the Federal Government include:

Greenethorpe Memorial Hall upgrades; Weddin Mountain Muster stable project; Taylor Park accessible toilets; Grenfell Showground patron comfort; Netball courts upgrade; tennis courts upgrade at Grenfell Country Club; Caragabal Memorial Hall upgrades; Quandialla Memorial Hall upgrades; a greenspace at Grenfell Preschool and Long Day Care; replace light poles at Grenfell Rugby Club; club house building extension at the Grenfell Soccer Club; delivering sustainable water source at Bembrick Oval; Standpipes at Quandialla and Grenfell and; repairs to the water supply at Caragabal.

Local Government Areas who have received Drought Communities Programme Extension funding also means farmers, farm workers and suppliers/contractors in each LGA may be able to apply for up to $3,000 per eligible drought-affected household through the Drought Community Support Initiative.

Shane Manning