Lithgow City Council has a rich history in mining and has been given just over $2 million through the Resources for Regions program.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the funding would go towards new infrastructure projects and community programs.
"Lithgow City Council has received a total of $2,003,494 which will be directed towards three community projects." Mr Toole said.
The Resources for Regions program will fund the:
- Portland Foundations Trunk Infrastructure - $1,500,000
- Lithgow Information & Neighbourhood Centre Revitalisation - $453,494
- Lithgow Community Power Project - $50,000
LINC Community Hub manager Leanne Walding said the money for LINC would go towards upgrading their current building.
Some of the upgrades include a new roof, windows being double glazed, new carpet, a new paint job, a fridge and freezer for Meals on Wheels, a data projection system for their hall as well as heating, more internal storage, interactive smart boards, a covered outdoor area and a new shed for extra storage.
"We will go through community consultation to see what the community thinks is the best use of the facility," she said.
"We will also take before and after photos so the community can see the progress LINC makes."
Ms Walding also said that LINC will be using local tradesmen to do the jobs.
"We will be doing the renovations in chunks so that we can continue to work out of the building while the work happens," she said.
Mr Toole said mining communities like Lithgow have benefited from the revamped program, which provides funding for a wider range of projects and make it easier for councils to secure funding.
"Every year our vibrant mining towns contribute to the NSW economy, but this success can place extra pressure on local infrastructure or create unique and diverse needs that are specific to mining communities," he said.
Mr Toole said he looked forward to the council working with the local community to deliver the best results from this grant, to bring these projects to life.
"I am excited about the great potential of these projects and believe they will enhance what Lithgow has to offer." he said.
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