Federal MP Sussan Ley today helped open a new youth-space at Narrandera Library, providing a fresh location for young people to meet, connect, study and relax.

Partly funded through the Morrison Government’s Drought Communities Programme, Ms Ley congratulated Narrandera Shire on the initiative, which was developed as part of the council’s Drought Resilience Project.

“This terrific facility not only modernises a study space for school class visits and group activities for local children and youth, it is also a pretty cool spot to hang out right in the middle of town.”

“The $434k facility supported 20 jobs during construction, which provided a boost to the community through the use of local resources, business and suppliers, which is exactly what the Drought Communities Programme (DCP) is designed to do.”

The multipurpose youth-space and courtyard is complemented by new double entry doors and expanded facilities, with Narrandera Shire and the NSW Government contributing the bulk of funding towards the project*.

DCP supports communities in the most drought-affected regions of Australia.

Funding is available to eligible councils for local infrastructure projects and other drought-relief activities. Project funding is intended to provide short-term support, including by boosting local employment and procurement, and addressing social and community needs.

*Funding breakdown for Narrandera’s new Library Youth-space

State Library of NSW $200,000
Australian Government $100,000
Narrandera Shire Council $81,000
NSW Regional Cultural Fund $53,650
Total $434,650