Funding for the upgrade of the Grafton Regional Airport have been guaranteed by local MP's despite the Government's announced cuts to Regional Development Australia spending.
Funding for the upgrade of the Grafton Regional Airport have been guaranteed by local MP's despite the Government's announced cuts to Regional Development Australia spending. FRANK REDWARD

Projects back from the brink

SEVERAL community projects in the Clarence Valley worth more than $2.5 million have been quarantined from Federal Government cuts to Regional Development Australia spending.

The federal members for Cowper and Page, Luke Hartsuyker and Kevin Hogan, have promised the $1.06 million upgrade for the Grafton Regional Airport, the $500,000 upgrade of McLachlan Park in Maclean, and some other projects will be funded despite the Abbott Government announcing the final rounds of RDA grants will not be funded.

The two local members said the projects were left uncontracted and unfunded by the previous Labor government.

The government also confirmed $950,000 in funding for the upgrade of sporting facilities at Maclean's Wherrett Park.

Mr Hogan has welcomed the funding of five local projects worth almost $800,000 funded under the Federal Government's new Community Development Grants Program, which is part of the regional community funding package the Coalition promised during the 2013 election.

"This is very good news for the Page community and it shows our commitment to building and strengthening the social fabric and economies of regional Australia," Mr Hogan said.

The Valley projects are the refurbishment of the Grafton Hockey Club ($560,000), goal posts for Grafton's McKittrick Park ($13,750) and completion of the Iluka/Woombah Men's Shed ($13,000).



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