Werris Creek Community Shed is now open

Media Release

WT254/2014

06 December 2014

Joint release with:

Barnaby Joyce

Federal Member for New England

Werris Creek has a new social hub with today’s opening of its Community Shed.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the facility will give residents a new venue to enjoy social, recreational and craft activities.

“The Australian Government provided $80,000 towards the project, reinforcing our commitment to building stronger communities in regional Australia,” Mr Truss said.

“That’s why we are getting on with the job of delivering $314.2 million to almost 300 Community Development Grants projects across Australia, and an additional $1 billion to community projects over the next five years through the National Stronger Regions Fund.

“Every dollar spent in rural and regional communities is a dollar invested in their futures.”

Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said works included the construction and fit‑out of the shed with a kitchen and meal room, office and showroom, and bathroom and shower facilities.

“The shed is a place for locals to socialise and learn new crafts, hobbies and skills, providing an important social support network for everyone,” Mr Joyce said.

“I am told 30 jobs were created during the construction of this project, delivering an important economic boost to the region. I also hear that people from Quirindi are also enjoying these new facilities.”

The project was jointly funded by the Australian Government which provided $80,000, the New South Wales Government which contributed more than $58,000 and Shenhua Watermark Coal Pty Limited which invested $118,000.