Consultation will soon commence with communities across the Narromine Shire to decide how to spend more than $1.5 million allocated to council by the NSW government.
Narromine Shire Mayor Craig Davies was on hand as Dubbo MP Troy Grant announced the funding on Monday.
The $1.568 million has been allocated under round two of the Stronger Country Communities fund, which is aimed at projects that will improve community amenities, including parks and sporting facilities.
Councillor Davies said the funding was subject to community consultation, with “all people in the shire will be able to bring forward ideas”, particularly sporting groups.
“As a council, we go back to our community and ask them exactly what they want,” Cr Davies said.
“For the shire to actually get the right to be able to spend that as we see fit is a wonderful outcome for us.
“It’s not the bureaucrats deciding where the money goes, it’s our communities deciding where the money is going to go and that’s important to the people of our shire.”
Narromine Shire was already the recipient of $783,000 under round one of the Stronger Country Communities fund.
The projects to be funded by that money were announced last week and include: enhancements and refurbishments to the Tomingley Hall; extensive works at both Narromine and Trangie Pools; development of outdoor fitness equipment in Narromine; constructions of an additional toilet block at the Trangie Showground, and; refurbishment works at the Narromine Sports and Fitness Centre.
It brings the total amount of Stronger Country Communities funding flowing to the Narromine Shire in just the last month to more than $2.3 million.
Cr Davies hoped the funding would continue into the future, to help the Narromine Shire “realise it’s potential”.
The Mid-Western Regional Council was allocated more $1.7 million in Monday’s announcement.
“Those applications will be opened pretty soon, in the next couple of weeks, and decisions on what the community wants spent from that proceeds will be made by May,” Mr Grant said.
“This money is meant to make a difference … this money is giving council back control and growing their capacity to continually improve our regional communities.”