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MP drops funds on Outback

Saturday, 3rd March, 2018

By Kara de Groot

MP Kevin Humphries has used his time in Broken Hill to make some more funding announcements for the unincorporated area.

The funding comes from the second stage of funding in the first round of the Stronger Communities Fund, of which Broken Hill has already received funding from the first stage of the first round.

Broken Hill’s funding from round one of the Stronger Communities Fund will see about $1.5 million going towards the Patton Street Park, the tennis club, and the pony club, according to Mr Humphries.

Mr Humphries said approximately $1 million in funding will be going towards some major projects in a number of towns across the unincorporated area.

“Tibooburra has the largest project, with $500,000 for the hotel upgrade there,” Mr Humphries said.

“Milparinka’s gold fields and museum will see an interpretation centre on site and further upgrades around the pub area, and Silverton will receive about $230,000 for the upgrade of their memorial youth camp,” he said.

“Little Topar received more than $200,000 to upgrade their camp draft area and the reserve, and I suspect they’re going to want to do a little bit more there as well.”

Mr Humphries said the next two rounds of state government Stronger Communities Funding will see about $4 million in funding available for the Far West.

He said he’s spoken with Broken Hill City Council and representatives of the unincorporated area about what projects the funding can apply to, with a limit per project of up to approximately $1.7 million.

“For the second round of funding, every group that has expressed an interest in the Fund and not received round one funding will have their applications assessed this month, with successful applicants announced in August,” Mr Humphries said.

“There will be more funding coming out after Easter and I look forward to making a couple more announcements on projects that have been sitting in funding rounds for a while.

“Things like road funding, the big chunky stuff, it’s just a matter of rolling out the stuff going on as quickly as we can.”

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