Councils across the western Riverina have been given a boost thanks to the Nationals in Government.

NSW Nationals Member For Murray Austin Evans has announced millions in funding across his electorate under Round Two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Mr Evans said the money would go to important infrastructure upgrades including $800,000 for improvements to Leeton Showgrounds, $450,000 for the Wentworth Shire Showgrounds and $497,000 for a redevelopment of the netball and cricket facilities at Tocumwal Recreation Reserve.

“I am proud to announce that through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, fought for by the NSW Nationals, we are able to invest millions into these important community sites,” Mr Evans said. “I look forward to seeing each one of these projects complete, as they are projects for our community that will be enjoyed by locals and visitors for years to come.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said more than 400 projects had been funded in regional NSW under the second round of the popular Stronger Country Communities Fund.

“The payback we are seeing from the Stronger Country Communities Fund has been enormous,” Mr Barilaro said. “Our communities have got behind the fund and we are seeing hundreds of projects across regional NSW, like these renewal and revitalisation projects in the Wentworth area, giving new spirit to our towns and cities. Whether it is rebuilding or refurbishing our sporting clubs and town halls or building new amenities that our communities have been asking for, this investment will benefit families in our regions now and for generations to come. We are not finished yet. We will continue to build the projects that our communities need because we want our regional communities to be a place our families feel comfortable calling home.”

The $300 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the Nations in Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Growth Fund that is employing local tradies, putting local suppliers to work and providing the right environment to operate regional businesses.