Joint Media Release - 11 Projects in Blayney Shire to benefit from Federal Government's Drought Communities Program

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Andrew Gee
Federal Member for Calare



Scott Ferguson
Blayney Shire Council

Eleven projects in the Blayney Shire will share in $1 million through Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program.

Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the Drought Communities Program supports communities in the most drought-affected regions of Australia and builds on more than $7 billion of Federal Government drought support measures.

“The important thing about the Drought Communities Programme is that it recognises the severe impact the drought is not only having on the farms, but also in our towns and villages. This major injection of Federal funds is designed to assist our farmers, towns and surrounding regions get through what is the worst drought in living memory,” Mr Gee said.

“Congratulations to Blayney Shire Council and the community on identifying projects which will stimulate local community spending by using local resources, businesses, suppliers and workers. These projects will also provide long-lasting benefits to the Blayney Shire.

“The only drought-breaker is rain, so we need to continue doing all we can to ensure these communities have the support they need to make it through these tough times.”

‘Council sought expressions of interest from the community on how to best allocate this funding and was very pleased to have received 27 submissions from local Town and Village Committees, Progress Associations, Show Societies, Showground and Recreation Reserve Trusts for a range of projects to enhance and improve local community infrastructure.  These 11 projects are worth a total $3.43m in total value that will be invested into local businesses’ said the Mayor, Clr Scott Ferguson.

Blayney Shire Council will use the $1 million funding to help with the refurbishment, enhancement, renewal and upgrade of the following projects:

  • stock water bores renewal at Barry, Blayney, Newbridge and Lyndhurst;
  • re-opening of Junction Reefs Reserve for camping and bush walking;
  • fencing and footpath seat installation at Lyndhurst Recreation Ground;
  • Napier Oval Sportsground bore for irrigation;
  • Blayney Golf Club deck and disabled access;
  • Lyndhurst Team Penning electrical upgrade and connection;
  • Blayney Showground water harvesting and stock water reticulation for the Central West Livestock and Equestrian Centre;
  • new arena fencing, boundary fencing and tree removal at Carcoar Showground;
  • new arena fencing, boundary fencing and tree removal at Neville Showground;
  • kitchen upgrade, repairs and painting Mandurama hall; and
  • the Millthorpe Golden Memories Museum convent refurbishment and function centre/exhibition hall project.
The Mayor concluded; ‘The projects are spread throughout the Shire and Blayney has a number of agricultural/farm supply, irrigation, trades, earthmoving contractors, tree removal, fencing contractors and licenced water drilling businesses from Blayney and surrounds who will be engaged to undertake  the works.  Longer term each of these projects will add value to Blayney’s motels/cafes, hospitality/retail and services sector by increased tourism. The local employment and spending generated throughout the shire will provide long-lasting benefit to the Shire’.  

For information on the Drought Communities Program visit:

Last modified: 21 Dec 2018

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