Funding paves the way for footpath

By Daniel Hughes

Plans to upgrade the Dawe St footpath outside Finley Hospital have received approval with additional funding secured.

The upgrades were delayed earlier this year when the Berrigan Shire Council failed to secure additional financial contributions from Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

Originally asked to provide $10,000, MLHD were unable to commit the funds in May earlier this year.

At the July council meeting, it confirmed a commitment from the NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard to contribute $10,650 had been received.

The total cost of the project is estimated to reach $620,000 project.

Council has already committed $460,000 of its own funding to the project, plus $150,000 from its Drought Communities Program funding.

“It's good to get the commitment from the Minister, it's important to get these works done for the town,’’ council's general manager Rowan Perkins said.

“I'm not surprised the support came so quickly from the Minister, the partnership formed is important to fill the need of accessibility for stakeholders, and I believe that was the feeling on both sides.

‘‘The footpath has a widespread benefit for our community, it serves a purpose for Finley Regional Care, the Hospital and those who travel between them.”