Rejuvenation works announced for Bulloo River Walk
25 September 2015
Keen bushwalkers and birdwatchers are set to enjoy safer access to the Bulloo Shire's natural wonderland, with funding approved for a major upgrade of the Bulloo River Walk.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government had committed $276,000 towards the project under the Drought Communities Programme.
“The Australian Government is providing $35 million over four years to fund local infrastructure initiatives in eligible drought-affected communities to build greater economic strength,” Mr Truss said.
“Funding under the Drought Communities Programme is designed to foster projects that stimulate severely drought affected communities. They support local employment, use of local businesses and suppliers and offer long-lasting benefits to regional communities.
“The first project to benefit from this funding is the Bulloo River Walk, with the upgrade to include installation of a concrete path with interpretive signage as well as repairwork on the foot bridge and rustproofing and painting of the railing of the bridge.
“During the course of this work, up to seven people will be employed to carry out this rejuvenation work.
“The Bulloo River Walk is an important attraction for the Bulloo region, and allows nature enthusiasts access to a broad array of native flora and fauna year-round.
“Seventeen submissions for funding have been received over the past couple of weeks under the Drought Communities Programme and they are currently being assessed. I strongly urge the other eligible councils to submit applications as soon as possible so local jobs can be created soon.”