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COOKAMIDGERA OBTAINS MUCH NEEDED FUNDING FOR FLOOD REPAIRS

Monday, July 16, 2012

Residents of the Cookamidera community near Parkes have obtained NSW Government funding to assist with flood mitigation projects in the village, which has suffered from periodic flooding for several years.

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant presented a $16,500 cheque to community members today in Parkes, on behalf of Premier Barry O'Farrell.

Mr Grant said that some of the work required to be carried out in Cookamidgera includes the construction of a levee bank, cleaning out of Bartley's Creek, minor works to improve flooding in Haynes and Flagstone Street and repairs to properties.

"The December 2010 floods were particularly damaging, causing substantial damage to village streets and local homes," Mr Grant said.

"The difficulty encountered by the Cookamidgera community over obtaining funds to carry out necessary remedial work was brought to my attention last year.

"I have been working behind the scenes since then to try and secure the funding required.

"Having direct contact to Ministers was a vital factor in being able to access funds for the community. The best part about being in Government is the opportunity to deliver outcomes like this which would not normally be possible.

"Floods impact both individuals and communities, having large social, economic, and environmental consequence, that's why I was pleased to travel down south today to present the cheque.

"I commend Premier O'Farrell for his interest in the Cookamidgera community."

TROY GRANT GIVES FUNDING COMMITMENT TO COOKAMIDGERA COMMUNITY

Thursday, September 15, 2011
The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has given a commitment to secure the appropriate funding needed for flood mitigation projects in the village of Cookamidgera, near Parkes, which has suffered from periodic flooding for several years.

Mr Grant met with Cookamidgera residents at a community meeting at the village hall recently, after the Cookamidgera Landcare group contacted Mr Grant with their concerns.

"The residents of Cookamidgera have been subject to repeated flood events for many years. The December 2010 floods were particularly damaging, causing substantial damage to the village streets and local homes," Mr Grant said.

"There have been many unsuccessful attempts by the Cookamidgera Community and Landcare Inc to obtain funding for identified mitigation work. Some of the work that needs to be carried out is the construction of a levee bank, cleaning out of Bartley's Creek as well as minor works to improve flooding in Haynes and Flagstone Street.

"During my visit to Cookamidgera I was made aware of the heartache, financial loss and stress that community members have endured as a result of the floods. It therefore gives me great pleasure to be able to help this small but vibrant community in my electorate."

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