$452,288 to be invested in community infrastructure projects

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Community infrastructure across the Central Goldfields Shire is set to benefit, with Council allocating the balance of the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program funding at last week’s Council Meeting (23/02).

$300,00 will go towards improving Maryborough’s pathway network and $40,000 will be invested at Flynn, Tullaroop and Paddy’s Ranges wards to implement priority projects identified as part of the Our Community 2030 Community Plans.

Council also resolved to make an application to the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund for $773,000 to progress Stage 2 of the Central Goldfields Art Gallery Project.

Central Goldfields Shire Mayor Cr Chris Meddows-Taylor said the Community Infrastructure funding was aimed at delivering priority local road and community infrastructure projects, to support jobs and the resilience of local economies in the wake of the pandemic.

“Whilst Council does invest funding in our pathways every year, additional government funding is always welcomed and needed in order for us to deliver a dedicated program of new pathway infrastructure.

“$300,000 will mean we can deliver a program of works that will contribute to helping us create an active, connected and healthy community.

“We’re just as pleased to be able to invest $120,388 into implementing priorities that were identified through the community plan project.

“Council also resolved to apply for funding through the Regional Infrastructure Fund for Stage Two of the Central Goldfields Art Gallery upgrade.

“The Gallery upgrade project is one of Council’s Priority Projects and in 2020 we were successful in receiving funding for Stage 1 of the project. Stage Two funding involves extending the use of the Gallery by the community and visitors by adding a pop-up exhibition space as well as an enhanced education, community and artist workshop space.”

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