NSW Nationals Upper House MP Sam Farraway has wasted no time advocating for western NSW, with funding for several community projects.

The Bathurst-based Member of the Legislative Council has been a tireless champion for the bush, announcing $69,000 from the Stronger Country Communities Fund for the Maules Creek Campdraft Club, $529,667 for youth projects in Narrabri, and upgrades for Baradine and Gilgandra showgrounds.

Mr Farraway said Maules Creek Campdraft had been working towards having their own permanent facilities for the last 10 years.

“With this funding boost, Maules Creek Campdraft will fit out the existing shed with a new stainless steel kitchen equipped with safe cooking facilities and commercial fridges for hygiene standards, enabling them to hold events at the grounds without the extra costs of hiring tents and coolrooms,” he said.

Baradine and Gilgandra showgrounds will undergo safety upgrades as part of a $9.2 million statewide program to improve showgrounds for future generations, secured by the NSW Nationals in Government.

“Our showgrounds again showed their place at the heart of our communities during the recent bushfires with over 30 serving as safe haven emergency centres for residents and their animals,” Mr Farraway said.

“These days many showgrounds are multi-use community hubs hosting agricultural shows, rodeos and horse clubs as well as farmers markets, festivals, caravans and camping, men’s sheds, and sport and recreation.

“Annual shows held at regional showgrounds alone are estimated to contribute about $258 million annually to the NSW economy.”

And the young people of Narrabri will benefit from improved facilities and further engagement with local culture and employment pathways.

“The Narrabri Youth Shack project will see a modern and inviting space in the ground floor section of the Crossing Theatre. Creating a safe space for local youth to be able to relax and socialize,” Mr Farraway said.

“The Youth Employment Capacity Building Project involves facilitating a range of courses targeted at students in years 10, 11 and 12 at Narrabri and Wee Waa High School’s, providing students with tangible skills that can be readily used in the workforce.

“I cannot wait to see these projects in action.”