Country communities growing strong
The NSW Nationals continue to deliver for regional NSW, as Round Two of the Stronger Country Communities Fund opens on March 12.
Round Two will see an additional $200 million committed to improving our towns and communities – doubling the commitment made by the NSW Government in Round One. Money in the Stronger Country Communities fund has been specifically allocated to improve the lives of those in regional communities, and to promote our country towns as attractive areas to live, work and raise a family.
The Stronger Country Communities is one of six funds which form part of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund which aims to improve regional productivity and facilitate economic growth and development outside of the Sydney metro area.
Out of this new allocation, $100 million has been designated exclusively for regional sporting projects. Our Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey, encouraged communities to apply for the grant.
“Sport has a key role in bringing people together, nurturing team and community spirit, and improving our health and well-being”
“With 50 per cent of Round Two funding dedicated to local sport, we’ll see a mix of projects including better playing fields, amenity upgrades, new parks, new playgrounds and much more,” Melinda said.
The Regional Growth Fund was secured by our hard working Nats MPs in last years state budget and has enabled several projects to be completed across the state.
As part of the Stronger Country Communities program, Cootamundra, Nangus, Gunnedah and Gundagai received grants for new park and playground facilities, and over $750,000 was invested in a refurbishment of the Temora town hall. Muswellbrook was able to use the grant for a million dollar water and activity park, and the grandstands at Scone were upgraded.
The additional Stronger Countries Communities funding forms part of the $15 billion that the NSW Government has invested in regional infrastructure projects across the state so far in the 2017/18 financial year alone.
“We have been working hard to ensure regional cities and towns reap the benefit of the NSW Government’s economic success – we are already seeing results in real life with new hospitals, new schools, better roads and now in sport infrastructure” Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro said.
Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant, has promoted the success of the project in his district. He emphasized that these small scale projects can make a huge difference to the lives of people in the country.
“This is fantastic news for the Narromine Shire,” Troy said.
“Our community has been calling out for upgrades to local facilities and I’m thrilled these can now be carried out.
Projects are earmarked to be completed in Narromine, Tomingley and Trangie, after consultation with the communities and local councils.
Applications for Round Two funding open Monday, March 12th. More information on the grant and how to apply can be found at www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.