Drought Communities Program projects in Bogan Shire almost complete

Residents of the Bogan Shire Council area may have seen a splash of paint, and some upgrades around the town.

This is because almost all of the Bogan shire's drought projects have been ticked off.

The Bogan Shire Council had seven local projects funded by $1 million from the federal government's Drought Communities Program (DCP). The council was one of 18 in the Parkes electorate to receive the support.

The funding is aimed at rejuvenating community infrastructure and to deliver a much needed boost to the local economy by using local resources, businesses, suppliers and workers.

Bogan Shire mayor Ray Donald said the projects had been very successful, and beneficial to the shire, especially amidst the current drought.

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"At a time as severe and drought affected as we are, financially the benefit to local contractors and employees is certainly appreciated," he said.

"Also the purchasing of all materials locally would certainly be helping local businesses.

"We had community consultations and we feel all these projects would benefit from the community as well as the appearance of the town."

Mayor Donald praised the work of the council staff to ensure the projects could go ahead.

"I acknowledge the extra work staff had to do to get quotes and engage contractors to undertake the work."

DCP Projects:

  • Larkin Oval - Restoration of the announcers box and canteen. (almost complete)
  • War memorial pool - Upgrades to the front facade, new garden beds, designated disabled parking, upgrades to the toilets and changing facilities; installation of a children's splash play park inside the pool; installation of a half basketball court. (almost complete)
  • Wye Pavillion - installation of cement flooring in the photography room. (complete)
  • Pangee Street - rectification of CBD awnings and painting of shopfronts. (almost complete)
  • Coolabah hall - upgrades to the local hall.(complete)
  • Nyngan historical structures - upgrades to the Chinese section of the cemetery including a fence and plaque installed; new doors installed in the old fire station in Cobar Street. (complete)