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Bourke busy as roads and community projects roll out

Bourke Mayor Barry Hollman and Bourke Council Corporate Services Manager Leonie Brown with Member for Parkes Mark Coulton (right) and Mark’s wife Robyn Coulton, at the new Rotary Park toilet facilities. PHOTO TWH

The planting of 100 new trees, the installation of sprinkler systems and public toilet refurbishments are among the projects currently rolling out across Bourke Shire, thanks to a $1.19m Federal Government investment which is creating jobs and boosting the local economy.

Federal Member for Parkes and Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government, Mark Coulton, met in Bourke with Mayor Barry Hollman last Friday to discuss how the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) funding is benefitting the shire.

“Bourke Council received $1,199,903 under the first phase of the LRCI program and it’s fantastic to see 10 projects using these funds,” Mr Coulton said.

“One of the biggest projects is the construction of a health and wellbeing facility at Back O’Bourke Park, featuring exercise equipment, a barbecue area, picnic tables and a pontoon.

“A refurbishment of the public toilets at Rotary Park and the planting of 100 new trees along the town’s entry corridor are among other projects that will benefit Bourke residents and make the town more appealing to visitors.

“This is exactly the type of work the Federal Government is pleased to support – creating local job opportunities, while delivering lasting benefits.

“The LRCI program has proven to be a huge success, with councils able to use these funds for projects that they otherwise wouldn’t have the capacity to undertake.”

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