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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today announced funding of $300,000 for Mingaan to promote community wellbeing and build disaster resilience in the region.

He said the Maiyingu Marragu (Black Fellows Hands) – Bushfire Recovery Work aims to repair damage by natural disasters including the Gospers Mountain Fire.

“The unsealed Blackfellows Hand Trail which runs off the Wolgan Road is in a horrendous state and barely passable,” Mr Toole said.

“It’s badly rutted and needs major works to get it back to a trafficable state. The Black Fellows Hands Cave is an important location for the Wiradjuri people and is also a popular tourist attraction, so it’s repair is important as part of the bushfire recovery process.”

Mr Toole said the NSW Government is building a safer and stronger regional NSW by continuing to deliver funding to bushfire affected communities.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Disaster Recovery John Barilaro said projects such as Maiyingu Marragu will provide an important boost for local communities with a focus on long-term recovery efforts.

“The Nationals are building a safer and stronger regional NSW by helping communities get back on their feet after the worst bushfires in living memory. This funding will support the ongoing, sustained efforts on the ground as communities continue to rebuild,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The Government has committed $4.4 billion to bushfire recovery with every bushfire affected LGA receiving support. These recovery efforts have been driven by locals like the Mingaan Wiradjuri Land Council who care about their community and want to make a difference and we are continuing to assist them through this process.”


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