Narromine Shire was allocated almost two million dollars yesterday for water bores in the Water Security for Regions grants.
The shire was one of eight Local Government Areas that received funding.
NSW Deputy Premier, Andrew Stoner and Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water, Kevin Humphries announced the grants yesterday.
The shire will receive $1,980,000 for additional bores throughout Narromine and Trangie.
Narromine Shire Mayor, Bill McAnally is thrilled with the funding.
“It’s great, it was a great application. Hats off to Kerrie (Murphy) and her staff. It’s certainly needed,” he said.
Mr Stoner said Water Security for Regions was established to help communities prepare for future drought conditions.
“The NSW Government is serious about improving water security infrastructure in the regions to help farmers and regional industries deal with drier conditions,” he said.
Cr McAnally said this funding was vital for the water security in the shire.
“We had trouble through the last drought. Now we’ll have enough bores to manage through another drought,” he said.
The State Government has reserved $366 million to invest in water security projects including augmenting dams, pipeline and bore works and water efficiency mechanisms. “So far we have spent $21 million on projects in places like Bourke, Cobar, Forbes and Cooma,” he said.
He said the funding for the additiona key projects across NSW will secure good quality, reliable water supplies for their poeple their towns into the future.
The other shires that recieved funding were Brewarrina, Glen Innes, Liverpool, Parkes, Tumbarumba, Walgett and Warren.
“As well as securing good quality, reliable water supplies, these projects were also selected for their economic benefits to both the local community and the State,” Mr Stoner said.
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