Many community buildings across the Campaspe Shire will have solar panels and storage batteries installed courtesy of the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
The Campaspe Shire Council has allocated $450,000 of its phase three LRCI funding to the project, which will begin following an assessment currently being conducted by the council.
Nicholls MP Damian Drum said the council would also allocate LRCI funding to the recently announced Rushworth-Murchison rail trail.
“In addition to the $1.5 million the Federal Government has committed to the Rail Trail, Campaspe Council will use part of its latest LRCI funding for the project, pushing the Government’s commitment well beyond $2 million. dollars,” Mr. Drum said.
The Council received $5.2 million in the third phase of the LRCI program, bringing its total entitlement for all three phases to $10.6 million.
Other approved Phase Three projects include upgrading Kyabram Recreation Reserve netball courts and lighting ($750,000) and upgrading gravel roads across the county ($1.8 million bucks).
“With the challenges presented by COVID-19, bushfires, floods and other events, the past two years have been difficult for communities, businesses and local councils,” said Mr Drum.
“That’s why we moved quickly to approve funding for the LRCI projects, each of which provides a vital boost to our local communities, supporting local jobs and economic growth while delivering lasting improvements that will benefit residents. residents for years to come.”
Mayor Chrissy Weller said the council was delighted to receive confirmation of its latest LRCI funding.
“The development of the solar program, to reduce electricity costs through the installation of solar panels and batteries on community buildings, can now progress,” said Cr Weller.
“About 20 buildings across the municipality are being assessed. Once this assessment is complete, we will notify the community of the buildings that will be involved in the program.
Under the LRCI scheme, $41 million will be collectively distributed to Campaspe Shire Council, Greater Shepparton City Council, Mitchell Shire Council, Moira Shire Council and Strathbogie Shire Council.
Mr Drum said the funding would go towards improving each council’s local road networks and delivering priority community infrastructure projects.
“It has been a tough few years filled with unexpected and exceptionally difficult times for all of us, and all of our local governments and all of our communities here in Nicholls have come together to keep the momentum going,” Mr Drum said.
“This is another example of the Liberal-National government continuing to stand with councils and the communities they serve, providing the funding needed to create jobs, stimulate the economy and road and community infrastructure that will benefit the people of the region well in the future.”