Plenty of projects on go: McCormack gains insight into local Federal spending

There's no shortage of major projects in progress around town, and Forbes Shire Council had plenty to show Member for Riverina Michael McCormack when he visited for an update on Monday.

Members of the council spoke with Mr McCormack about the projects being undertaken in Forbes and future projects that the council wants to begin.

After a meeting at the council chambers, Mr McCormack and members of the Forbes Shire Council went on a tour to a few of the projects currently in work around town.

Many of the projects he visited and talked about were being delivered through the help of the Federal Government's Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program in a big boost to community infrastructure.

Some of the local projects which received this funding include:

  • Upgrades to an intersection on the Newell Highway on the Southern entrance to Forbes, a new access road and parking constructed in order to support the development of a new Visitors Information Centre at the former Lachlan Vintage Village.
  • Refurbishment and repair of Forbes Heated Pool facility including improving accessibility for community.
  • Installation of Closed Circuit TV system throughout the Forbes CBD.
  • Road widening works on Yarrabandi Road.
  • Restoration of the picnic shelter and the installation of a rotunda, irrigation upgrade and subsequent electricity supply at Lions Park.

"The Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program is providing local jobs and delivering vital infrastructure through local councils - Forbes Council knows where this money is best spent in the Forbes community," Mr McCormack said.

"I am pleased to see the projects on the Council's list well under way and I look forward to seeing them when they are completed.

"This is all about supporting the resilience of local economies by delivering even more jobs to help communities bounce back from COVID-19, with the additional funding and a longer delivery window to provide greater flexibility for communities to address local priorities," he said.

"A broader range of projects will now be eligible for funding under the LRCI, enabling local governments to pursue larger, more complex developments to deliver even greater benefits for their communities.

"Every single job we support makes a huge difference in our regions, now and as we build our way out of the pandemic," Mr McCormack said.