Pictured: Glen Innes Mayor Carol Sparks, Barnaby and Council's Director of Development, Planning and Regulatory Services, Graham Price, inspecting plans for the grandstand upgrade.
Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, has welcomed new funding to upgrade the heritage-listed King George Oval grandstand.
Glen Innes Severn Council will receive $121,406 under the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program to upgrade King George Oval grandstand, complete with new toilets and change rooms for the benefit of the local community.
“This project at Glen Innes is not only preserving the history of a local, heritage-listed facility, it is also helping to boost the economy of our towns in drought,” Mr Joyce said.
“The work being carried out now will help keep local people in jobs, boost trade at local businesses and drive wealth back into the Glen Innes community.”
Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation, Bridget McKenzie, said a central aim of the program was to stimulate employment for people whose work opportunities were impacted by drought.
“The Liberal Nationals Government stands shoulder-to-shoulder with drought-affected communities across the country, with more than $7 billion in drought support, resilience and preparedness initiatives having already been announced by our Government,” Minister McKenzie said.
Becoming eligible for the DCP Extension also enables farmers, farm workers and suppliers/contractors to apply for the Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI).
The DCSI provides up to $3,000 per eligible drought-affected household. Valuable support can become available as soon as possible through providers such as St Vincent de Paul and The Salvation Army.
DCP funding previously detailed for Glen Innes includes nearly $300,000 for new shared pathways, the recruitment of a drought support officer and community drought relief events. More than $200,000 was also approved to upgrade amenities facilities at Apex Park and Melling Park in Glen Innes.
Further information on the program is available here.