Forbes Shire Council will receive $1 million through the Drought Communities Program.
Deputy Prime Minister and Riverina MP Michael McCormack said Forbes Shire Council would use its grant for several job-creating projects designed to keep work flowing in the town.
• Upgrading the Lake Forbes precinct, including sports facilities and parks adjacent to the lake;
• Implementing the Forbes Commercial Precinct Master Plan;
• Developing master plans for a new aquatic centre and multi-purpose equestrian facility at Forbes;
• Upgrading halls and sports grounds at rural localities across the Shire, including the communities of Ootha, Warroo, Bedgerabong, Corinella, Wirrinya, Garema and Calarie;
• Installation of a new stand pipe at the Council depot to allow easy access to free drinking water for rural residents.
The availability of grants to drought-affected communities was announced during former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s visit to Forbes in August, and Forbes Shire Council’s application has been successful.
Council is also recruiting a drought support worker, and offering short-term flexible work arrangements to farmers or agricultural contractors who need work.
Parkes Shire Council receives $450,000 to provide free domestic and stock water for rural residents and employ a drought response officer to help co-ordinate drought relief support.