From Yarrawonga to Yarroweyah, Numurkah to Nathalia, communities across the entire Moira Shire will benefit from $1 million in Federal Government funding that will support infrastructure upgrades and other projects through its expanded Drought Communities Program.
The funding will assist the delivery of $2.34 million in projects, including the:
- Replacement of change rooms at Tungamah Recreation Reserve and Community Gym;
- Construction of an accessible bathroom with toilet/shower facilities and baby change table at Yarroweyah Football Netball Club;
- Addition of a storage room and accessible toilet to Picola Hall;
- Replacement of toilets, showers and change room at Wunghnu Recreation Reserve;
- Installation of irrigation system, storage tank and boost pump at Victoria Park, Yarrawonga;
- Expansion and upgrade of existing irrigation system at Nathalia Recreation Reserve;
- Extension to the Numurkah Skate Park;
- Installation of permanent outdoor gym at Nathalia parklands; and
- Installation of playground including play equipment, re-circulation system and rubber surface at Federation Park, Cobram.
Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the Drought Communities Program was helping keep local economies going through the tough times caused by drought.
“The projects that this funding will deliver are not only beneficial to each of the local communities, but also to each of the people who will undertake the work and each of the small local businesses they will spend their wage in,” Mr Drum said.
“While some local government areas, including Moira, have had some recent rain, that does not mean they have fully recovered from the long-term effects of drought.
“This investment is a great local example of how this Federal Government is delivering long-lasting benefits to communities and the agricultural communities on which they depend through investment in both the Drought Communities Program and our broader drought support package.”
Moira Shire Mayor Libro Mustica (pictured above) said he was thrilled to accept the $1 million drought aid package from the Federal Government on behalf of Moira Shire Council.
“This funding will make an enormous amount of difference and allow us to undertake and complete projects now, instead of them being put into our ‘wish list’,” Mr Mustica said.
“The nominated projects are spread the length and breadth of the shire with the townships of Nathalia, Numurkah, Cobram, Yarrawonga, Picola, Yarroweyah, Wunghnu and Tungamah all receiving funding for much needed projects.”
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud MP said the program would create jobs for people struggling to find work because of drought.
“Make no mistake, we’re standing shoulder-to-shoulder with drought-hit communities,” Mr Littleproud said.
“We’ve committed more than $8 billion to drought and that includes investments to make our communities resilient and better prepared for the next drought.
“The $1 million we’re investing across the Moira Shire will run right through the community when workers have more money to spend at the local shops.”