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Drought Assistance Funding

The Rural City of Wangaratta will deliver $1m of infrastructure, planning and water access projects for rural communities.

Projects will be delivered using funds received earlier this year from the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Programme, which has provided funding of $301 million to eligible councils for drought-affected regions of Australia.

Council has identified four initiatives, which will begin to be delivered over coming months. They are:

  • 10 bore location points across the municipality. The bores will be available all year for community and council use. A map showing bore locations can be found below;
  • Delivery of Adverse Event Plan that provides planning and effective recovery support to communities and businesses within the municipality;
  • Eldorado - Construction and formalisation of driveways, planting of trees, connection of pathways and drainage improvements; and
  • Springhurst - Construction and extension of shared path, drainage improvements

Rural City of Wangaratta Chief Executive Officer Brendan McGrath said the projects would boost employment and also assist in planning for the next drought.

“These are targeted projects which will make a difference in communities which have faced a range of challenges, including drought, in the very recent past,” he said.

“Better infrastructure and more access to water will have an immediate impact, while the delivery of an Adverse Event Plan will help planning for the next emergency.”

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