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Money pours into Barwon

Member for Barwon Roy Butler is celebrating two years in the job. Photo TWH

Like many other parts of the country, the Barwon electorate has suffered from drought, fire, flood, pandemic, and a mouse plague, but there is a silver lining.

After two years in the job as Member for Barwon, Roy Butler was this week reflecting on the massive funding pouring into his electorate.

In fact, Barwon has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for infrastructure and community projects over the past two years, including road upgrades, water security, public amenities such as swimming pools, grandstands, town beautification programs and sporting facilities.

Bourke and Brewarrina have both fared extremely well in the distribution of those funds, with the latest round targeting an upgrade to the Bourke Showground.

Mr Butler said the Bourke showground was one of eight to receive funding under the NSW government’s COVID stimulus package for regional communities in the electorate.

“Barwon has highest number of showgrounds in the state,” he said.

“They are an important facility for the public good and bring economic benefits when shows are running, but they are also an important social and community amenity and when we have crisis – as we are seeing now – showgrounds are used for evacuation centres.

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