Forbes has received another major economic shot in the arm with the Federal Government agreeing to fund job-creating projects worth a total of $1 million through the Drought Communities Programme (DCP).
Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said eight projects had been approved.
"This is fantastic news for Forbes, which I know has made the most out of $1 million it received last year under an earlier round of the Drought Communities Programme," Mr McCormack said.
"These new projects build on last year's boost, keeping people in work and money flowing into the shops."
News of projects approval follows Mr McCormack announcing last week Forbes Shire Council would receive $1,222,566 as part of a nationwide $500 million Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program and the bringing forward Council's 2020-21 Financial Assistance Grant payment.
The DCP projects approval was welcomed by Forbes Mayor, Councillor Phyllis Miller OAM, who said Forbes was still suffering the consequences of four years of drought.
She said the first round of funding and projects had created jobs, including for farmers.
"Some farmers have even gained full-time work out if it, so that in itself is fantastic," Cr Miller said.
Cr Miller said the DCP projects had also delivered work for local tradespeople.
"We are mindful getting local people involved in the build," Cr Miller said.
Forbes' proposed projects include:
* Support for the Garema Get Up & Go Drought resilience gathering event
* Extension to existing soft fall area and installation of additional playground equipment at Jenny Murphy Park
* Formation of kerb parking along Junction St and construction of a 45 space car park at Lions Park precinct
* Upgrade of lighting, power supply, seating and repair to various decorative heritage components and maintenance at the Victoria Park Rotunda;
* Expansion and repair of the toddlers play area at Forbes Olympic Pool;
* Restoration and beautification works at Templar Street (Forbes CBD) and the gateways to the CBD precinct
* Installation of water stations at identified key locations around the five kilometre walking track.
* Water saving initiatives at Forbes Cemetery.