Council’s $1 million plan gets tick of drought funding approval

Installing solar lighting around the Lake Forbes walkway is one of the ways the drought funding will be used, with Council staff out and about pre-Christmas asking whether people would prefer bollards or lights set into the path.
Installing solar lighting around the Lake Forbes walkway is one of the ways the drought funding will be used, with Council staff out and about pre-Christmas asking whether people would prefer bollards or lights set into the path.

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.

Projects include:

• 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.