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Partnership, not partisanship, the key to growing regional communities

One of the Government’s most popular funding initiatives is back again with applications now open for community groups, councils and other local organisations.

This year the Community Building Partnership received another $28 million in the NSW Budget to support grassroots projects developed and delivered by local groups such as sporting clubs, men’s sheds, CWA branches, Campdraft and Rodeo Societies, charities, community preschools, memorial projects, restoration and support groups.

The Community Building Partnership (CBP) has funded over 10,000 projects since its inception in 2009. Regional MPs are urging local groups to take advantage of the $28 million available over the 2017-18 financial year, with applications closing on the 9th of August.

“The Community Building Partnership program aims to create more vibrant and inclusive communities and deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes, exemplifying the NSW Government’s commitment to funding new community infrastructure projects to enhance local facilities,” Deputy Premier and Minister for Regionals NSW John Barilaro said.

CBP funding was used in Monaro to build an undercover area at the local Delegate showground to support local Campdraft events, which draw in thousands of competitors and spectators each year.


Image: Minister for Regional NSW and Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW Bronnie Taylor with new viewing stand at Delegate thanks to Community Building Partnership funding

Grants can be used for improvements, refurbishments or new projects in the community.

Below are examples of projects that are eligible for CBP finding, with the following groups securing funding in 2016.

Ballina: $50,000 to build Waterlily Community Playscape for Ocean Shores, $5000 for portable seating Tintenbar East Ballina.

Barwon: $50,000 for Tottenham Pool Amenities Replacement and Upgrade, $33,000 Burren Junction Hall Restoration.

Bathurst: $11,000 for new automatic glass door at Henbury Sport and Recreation Club, $17,000 for Kandos Museum Solar upgrade.

Clarence: $23,804 for Casino Showground main arena access bridge, $4,666 for instant hot water at Grafton Pistol Club.

Coffs Harbour: $55,671 for reroofing at Yarrawarra Aged Care, $13,525 for repairs and painting for Nana Glen Memorial Hall.

Cootamundra: $19,000 to Illabo Show Society for upgrades to the community facility, $10,000 for Nixon Park lighting upgrade.

Dubbo: $20,000 to Narromine Shire Council to upgrade Tom Perry Park, $50,000 for the Hear Our Heart Ear Bus Project.

Lismore: $9,535 for walk-in freezer room for Murwillumbah Meals on Wheels, $12,000 to Murwillumbah Amateur Basketball Association for James Street Courts upgrade.

Monaro: $34,865 to Delegate Campdraft and Rodeo for new shade and Shelter project, $6000 to Monaro Archers to upgrade the Bungendore Range.

Murray: $15,000 to Leeton Junior Cricket to install synthetic pitch, $24,000 to Hillston Swans Football and Netball to resurface the Netball Courts.

Myall Lakes: $16,500 to refurbish community gym facilities at Old Bar, $26,340 to Taree basketball association for resurfacing at Saxby Stadium.

North Tablelands: $14,783 to Macintyre Warriors Rugby League to upgrade seating at Boggabilla, $30,000 to Moree Ski Club.

Port Macquarie: $8,020 for Riding for the Disabled at Kendall, $6, 180 to Coopernook Rural Fire Brigade to install a kitchen for volunteer firefighters.

Tamworth: $25,000 in upgrades for the Tamworth Junior Riding and Pony Club Amenities block, $9,537 for cultural room and outdoor activity centre at Manilla Community pre-school

Tweed: $30,000 for stage two of the Fingal Surf Life Saving Club works, $26,000 to Pottsville Cricket Club for new sails and synthetic turf wickets.

If you know or a local group or project that could benefit from this funding, please visit

Applications close August 9. Local groups and councils are encouraged to read the criteria carefully to determine if their smaller community projects are eligible. Larger projects (over $70,000) are funded through other arrangements such as the Stronger Country Communities Fund. 

Main image: Minister for Regional NSW and Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW Bronnie Taylor at Bombala Platypus Reserve which received $25,000 in CBP funds

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