Barnaby Joyce announces funding for Glenrac and King George Oval grandstand

Barnaby Joyce traveled to Glen Innes on Wednesday to announce federal subsidy for the upgrade of the King George Oval grandstand.
Barnaby Joyce traveled to Glen Innes on Wednesday to announce federal subsidy for the upgrade of the King George Oval grandstand.

Two local projects will receive funding from the federal government.

The grandstand at King George Oval will be refurbished, while a local land care and agricultural organisation will receive a massive grant to research local landholders.

The Glen Innes natural resources advisory committee, typically known as Glenrac, will spend $109,021 of federal taxpayer dollars to increase the knowledge and capacity of landholders in the Glen Innes district to adopt and implement improved soil management practices.

Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said it would encourage farmers to adopt better tools and create a more sustainable and profitable agricultural sector.

The Glenrac project will draw on analysis of soil data from previous testing in order to identify trends. The research will be published, with the information to also be shared at a field day. The funding comes through the national landcare program.

"I am particularly proud of the successful project put forward by Glenrac at Glen Innes, which will go towards helping farmers right across the country," he said.

Mr Joyce traveled to Glen Innes on Wednesday armed with another announcement: a subsidy of $121,406 for the Glen Innes Severn council to upgrade King George Oval.

The oval's heritage listed grandstand, will get new toilets and change rooms. The council has a sports master plan which includes both the grandstand upgrade and a new netball centre.

The drought communities program, which funded both sports projects, also financed several other projects including a bike track and footpath, a drought support officer and events organised by Glenrac, resheeting rural roads and a water stand pipe in Deepwater. It's also funded new toilets in Apex and Melling parks.

The Drought Communities Program is designed to provide a short-term injection of cash into drought-effected communities. Originally announced in 2015, the program was expanded in 2018 to cover a total of 60 council areas. Each council is eligible to apply for funding for projects that fit within Federal eligibility criteria up to $1 million in total funding.

With this project, the council has hit the cap.

Barnaby Joyce also announced funding for the men's shed.