NSW Nationals Upper House MP Sam Farraway has been successfully putting the case for western NSW in Government, and has announced over $760,000 from the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) for the Bogan Shire Council’s Youth Centre in Nyngan and $612,212 for Orange.

Mr Farraway said round 3 of the SCCF put community-based infrastructure and opportunities for young people front and centre.

“While COVID-19 affecting many aspects of our lives, the NSW Nationals in Government and regional councils are doing their best to ensure these projects are delivered for communities to enjoy once these uncertain times are over,” he said.

The Nyngan youth centre will provide young people in the Shire with a purpose-built centre offering spaces for recreation, study, meetings and educational activities. The Centre will be built on the old, unused tennis courts in a space which borders Larkin Oval, O’Reilly Park and the Nyngan War Memorial Swimming Pool in the centre of Nyngan.

In Orange, the funding will be used for the extension of the ANZAC Park Netball Courts and a new Youth Hub for the local community. The Youth Hub is very important for local young people, with funding to set up a 12-seater bus to bring young people to the new drop-in centre.

Mr Farraway said to date, rounds one and two of the SCCF have funded more than 1000 projects.

“Locals across regional NSW are seeing the benefits of rounds one and two of the Fund, with projects making a big difference to everyday life, from new playgrounds loved by kids to light towers illuminating sporting fields,” Mr Farraway said.

“We are funding grassroots projects that make a real difference to each community. Even in these hard and unpredictable times it is vital that we, as a Government continue 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.