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No Monopoly Money here – $850,000 to fund play in Gunnedah

The $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund continues to deliver with the pivotal Stronger Country Communities funding stream developing once-in-a-generation infrastructure to towns across the NSW. 

Gunnedah Shire Council in conjunction with the local community came together to apply for a new, state-of-the-art playground, set to become a drawcard for children in town. Now with $850,000 from the NSW Government Stronger Country Communities grant, the $1.3 million development can go ahead, bringing joy to young families for decades to come.

At the announcement, Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson thanked all involved and noted the development was a first as it will be designed to cater for children of all ages and abilities.

“I want to congratulate the Gunnedah Shire Council and the community who have worked very hard on this project. Gunnedah Council will also contribute approximately $500,000 with construction hoping to start in the New Year,” he said.

“Our community has been calling out for upgrades to local facilities and I’m thrilled these sorts of projects can now be carried out. This inclusive playground has a wide variety of activities that will entertain a range of ages and abilities. From trampolines, to dual swings, a sandpit, tube rides, acoustic instruments and more. “

“Livvi’s Place playground has to come to life through the Stronger Country Communities program which is a once-in-a-generation investment and it will provide regional towns like Gunnedah with the infrastructure they deserve.

The Stronger Country Communities fund is designed to facilitate projects valued at between $100,000 and $1 million and will be available to 92 Local Government Areas across the state.

$870,000 will be allocated per year over two years to each council, with any un-used funds able to be rolled over into the following year allowing local councils and communities to prepare their applications and access the $1.74 million when ready.

The fund is targeted directly at expanding the infrastructure delivered by councils and strengthening their capacity to futureproof their communities. The joint approach highlights the NSW Nationals and Liberals commitment to creating strong and stable councils across the State who can viably serve their communities for years to come.

Round Two funding will be open in March 2018.

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