A range of projects within the Shepparton local government area will become a reality thanks to $1 million of Federal Government funding that specifically targets regions that have experienced economic hardship due to recent drought.
Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the money, via the Government’s Drought Communities Program, would be used to upgrade sporting facilities, construct new walking paths, and deliver a series of events designed to support the community’s health and wellbeing.
Mr Drum said the Drought Communities Program is about helping reinvigorate local economies that were hit hard by the drought.
Mr Drum said while some local government areas, including Shepparton, had experienced decent rainfall recently, that did not mean they had fully recovered from the long-term effects of drought.
“This program is so important because it helps keep people working, helps keep cash-flowing going and ensures that local businesses can keep operating,” Mr Drum said.
“I’m thrilled that a large portion of this funding will be spent on projects that will help people keep active, such as the construction of walking tracks at Tallygaroopna and Tatura.
“I look forward to working with Greater Shepparton City Council to ensure these projects are finished as soon as possible so the community can enjoy the benefits.”
The $1 million of funding will deliver the following projects:
- Upgrade of the netball courts at Merrigum;
- Upgrade of the tennis courts at Katandra West;
- Construction of a new walking path at Tallygaroopna;
- Construction of a new walking and cycling path at Tatura;
- Renewal works at the Tatura Park Exhibition and Event Complex;
- Construction of a new shade sail at Toolamba Colaura Gardens; and
- A series of events that will support regional communities’ health and wellbeing, and information sharing in relation to water security, technology, and drought recovery.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Seema Abdullah, thanked Mr Drum and the Federal Government for the funding.
“This $1 million will see exciting new developments right across our innovative and bold region,” Ms Abdullah said.
“As part of this funding, a series of events will be held, in line with the relevant COVID-19 restrictions, to support health and wellbeing and information sharing in relation to water security, technology and drought recovery which is extremely important and we look forward to these.”
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, said the Drought Communities Program would create jobs for people struggling to find work because of drought, and more recently, COVID-19.
“Make no mistake, we’re standing shoulder-to-shoulder with drought-hit communities in the Goulburn Valley,” 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 spending in the Greater Shepparton City Council area will run right through the community when workers have more money to spend at the local shops.”
The Moira Shire last month announced nine projects that it will deliver with its $1 million of DCP funding. These include an extension to Numurkah Skate Park and the installation of a permanent outdoor gym at Nathalia parklands.