NSW Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has announced two projects will receive a combined total of $979,975 from the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

The Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre has secured NSW Nationals in Government funding to deliver the innovative Tweed Coast YouthPlanted Program. This program has been co-designed with young people themselves and the Cabarita Youth Service to provide positive activities focused on youth development. It includes elements relating to employment, mental health, life skills, relationships and resilience building.

Cabarita Beach Surf Lifesaving Club will receive funding to complete alterations and additions to its existing facilities, including an emergency control room, new observation deck, two training rooms, undercover training area for Nippers, as well as additional office space and meeting facilities.

“While these are two very different projects, both will be of enormous benefit to the Tweed,” Mr Provest said.

The Pottsville and District Men’s shed at Black Rock Sports Field in the coastal village has also had its lease extended by five and a half years thanks to Mr Provest’s advocacy.

“This required a good deal of negotiation with the NSW Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock, and I want to thank her for her flexibility and responsiveness. She is a terrific supporter of the Men’s Shed movement,” Mr Provest said.

“I acknowledge there has been some opposition to the project due to concerns about noise impact on the local koala population, but to date there has been no evidence that this has occurred.

“The good people of the Pottsville and District Men’s Shed are just as committed to the preservation or our local wildlife as anyone else.”

The NSW Nationals are proud to be funding and supporting grassroots projects and organisations that make a real difference to each community, and we know how important it is to support our regional towns with new infrastructure and programs.

The $400 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Nationals in Government’s $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is being invested in local programs and infrastructure that improve the lives of people living in regional NSW.

For more information, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.