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Drought stimulus funding for Muswellbrook Shire Council to the tune of $900,000

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Drought stimulus funding is on the way to Muswellbrook Shire Council to the tune of $900,000.

Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen announced the funding boost this week that he said will facilitate the flow of money through local economies, generate jobs and support local businesses will.

He said funding from the Drought Stimulus Package will allow Muswellbrook Shire to start work on projects that will generate work for local trades and suppliers and deliver other benefits to the community.

The three projects being funded are:
- Community Conservation. Land Management and Energy Centre - $575,000
- Sandy Hollow Pocket Park Upgrade - $100,000
- Stage 1 of the Muswellbrook Urban Riparian Landcare Master Plan - $225,000

“Despite an easing of conditions in some areas, the effects of the drought are still being felt, and the Nationals in Government are determined to continue to ensure that our Muswellbrook community receive the assistance it needs,” Michael Johnsen said.

“The NSW Government has worked side-by-side with our local councils to ensure that funding is allocated to projects that will benefit the community, support jobs and stimulate the local economy."

“We are funding big projects to help our regional towns move towards recovery, measures that relieve financial stress for farmers and water infrastructure to boost drought resilience, but it is just as important to support local businesses and communities."

The NSW Government said the Drought Stimulus Package has funded shovel ready infrastructure projects and emergency water security projects, putting cash into the economies of the state’s hardest hit drought areas as well as towns doing it tough.

More than $2 billion has been made available through the NSW Government’s Emergency Drought Relief Package, while regional water security is a focus of the $1 billion Safe and Secure Water program and the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund.

For further information about the NSW Government’s Drought Stimulus Package, go
to www.nsw.gov.au/droughtstimuluspackage