Namoi Unlimited calls for Ongoing Drought Stimulus

Namoi Unlimited calls for Ongoing Drought Stimulus

Members of Namoi Unlimited met in Gunnedah this week and agreed to call upon the Commonwealth Government to extend drought funding for Member Councils.

Chairperson of Namoi Unlimited and Mayor of Gunnedah Shire Council Councillor Jamie Chaffey said “as a group, Namoi Unlimited met with Special Drought Envoy Barnaby Joyce on a recent advocacy trip to Canberra.

“We were asked to provide feedback on what the Commonwealth can do to help drought- affected communities, and there’s a feeling within our organisation that additional round of funding to stimulate the economy is needed.”

The Commonwealth Government’s Drought Communities Program is providing $1 million to 81 Local Governments including the five Member Councils of Namoi Unlimited; Walcha, Liverpool Plains Shire, Tamworth Regional, Gwydir Shire and Gunnedah Shire.

Councillor Chaffey said “our Member Councils have responded positively to the program demonstrating that we are capable of acting quickly and efficiently to plan and deliver projects to stimulate our local economies.

“Community consultation across the region has helped us shape our request and any future decision making about what to apply for, we have a valuable insight into what our communities say will help them through this ongoing period of drought.

“It’s important to recognise that the Drought Communities Program is an excellent initiative. An additional round of funding of potentially up to $2 million for each of our Councils won’t make grass grow or put water in dams but, it will send money through local businesses, community groups and support employment during this time.

“What we hope is that by investing in local infrastructure, the money will provide another economic stimulus as we enter a New Year and the summer months.”

Councillor Chaffey the Chairperson of Namoi Unlimited also paid tribute to the hard work of council staff during the drought.

“Many staff are themselves struggling with drought, and they continue to work hard for their community, promoting drought services, assisting charities and supporting ratepayers.

“The upcoming festive season will be a difficult one for many farming families, and as a community we need to continue to show compassion and care,” said Councillor Chaffey.

Recent Articles

New Drought Awareness & Advocacy Campaign

10th October 2019

Namoi Unlimited will lead a delegation of businesses and leaders to Canberra this month to share first-hand the impact... Read More

Have your say on Community Project Funding

28th July 2019

Residents across the region can now cast their vote to help choose which local community projects receive state government... Read More

Water for the Future project addresses Climate Change for Local Government

10th July 2019

Water security, access and infrastructure has been put under the microscope as part of ‘Water for the Future’ project coordinated... Read More

‘Water for the Future’ reports endorsed by Namoi Unlimited

08th July 2019

Namoi Unlimited has endorsed its “Water for the Future” strategy, which outlines in detail the region’s water resources and... Read More

Namoi Unlimited Welcomes Climate Change Resilience Funding

27th June 2019

Drought affected councils in the Namoi region will begin investigations into how wastewater can be better utilised thanks to... Read More

Historic MOU signed on 2019 ‘Namoi to the Ningbo’ Study Tour

27th May 2019

Namoi Unlimited has returned from its successful 'Namoi to the Ningbo' Study Tour. The organisation was joined by a... Read More

Namoi Unlimited Looking To Build Capability For International Market Opportunities

26th April 2019

Chair of Namoi Unlimited and Gunnedah Shire Council, Mayor Jamie Chaffey has announced that Namoi Unlimited will partner with... Read More

Trade and investment focus continues for Namoi Unlimited

14th April 2019

Chair of Namoi Unlimited and Gunnedah Shire Council, Mayor Jamie Chaffey has announced that Namoi Unlimited will partner with the... Read More

Namoi Unlimited outlines its priorities ahead of the 2019 Federal Election

11th April 2019

Namoi Unlimited is calling on political parties and candidates in the upcoming Federal Election to commit to regional and collaborative... Read More

‘Namoi to the Ningbo’ Study Tour

23rd February 2019

Exporters in the Namoi Valley are invited to take part in the upcoming ‘Namoi to Ningbo’ Study Tour.  Organised... Read More

Translate »
Translate »