Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke was on hand in Coolamon today to help officially open the new Business Park in the town.
“The Business Park has been built to help turbo-charge opportunities for business and employment in Coolamon, which is obviously great news for the town and its surrounding areas,” Ms Cooke said.
“Already, we’ve seen great outcomes for local businesses, with 50 regionally based contractors involved in the construction process.
“And given the high level of interest already from businesses in the park, the project looks set to deliver on its intended purpose,” she said.
The project received a boost of $1.97 million under the Drought Stimulus Package introduced by the previous Coalition Government in the wake of the most recent and devastating drought.
“That package was designed to off-set the flow-on effects that drought can have on regional businesses and communities,” Ms Cooke said.
“And as we once again face the prospect of yet another dry time, these kinds of mitigation measures that protect against the ripple effects dry spells can have, will really come to the fore.
“When it comes to our regional communities in general, and particularly in relation to drought, it’s all about keeping businesses open and jobs in town.
“Strong employment obviously then feeds into other areas like schools, housing, medical services, emergency services, and the like, so projects like the Coolamon Business Park ensure our local communities can thrive well into the future,” she said.