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Brewarrina gets $1.2 million from Stronger Country Communities Fund

Brewarrina Shire Councillors – Angelo Pippos, Vivian Slack-Smith, Noel Sheridan, and Trish Frail with General Manager David Kirby and Personal Assistant, Laura Gordon. Photo TWH

Last Thursday, the Brewarrina Shire Council held a sub-committee meeting to decide what projects they would undertake with the money from Round Five of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Acting Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Paul Toole, has earlier announced that $160 million would be available to eligible regional councils and community groups for projects that focus on community and sporting infrastructure, enhance accessibility for people with disabilities, and improve outcomes for Aboriginal people.

“Round Five is about preparing local economies for future growth and making them even better places to live, play and raise a family,” Mr Toole said.

Out of all the projects discussed at the sub-committee meeting, the Hospital Creek and Old Brewarrina Mission re-development were deemed most worthy of funding, followed by Brewarrina Cemetery upgrades.

The projects would see the development of a tourist/information area at the site of the Hospital Creek Massacre site, which would include an interpretive signage information bay and onsite parking for visitors.

At the Old Brewarrina Mission site, the plan is to build a community gathering area at both the cemetery and mission site, which will include interpretive signage to guide tourists, and school and community groups who visit.

A boardwalk will also be constructed throughout the whole site and will keep visitors in designated areas, and the setup of a pontoon jetty on the river will be built to attract river traffic.

Brewarrina Shire Council General Manager, David Kirby, said the projects would go a long way in securing future economic growth for the town.

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