The Nationals in Government have allocated an additional $100 million for infrastructure and programs that benefit the regional communities and youth.

NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said the Stronger Country Communities Fund would provide at least $50 million for projects aimed at young people (12-24 years) with the remaining funding for other local infrastructure, street beautification and community programs and events.

“The Stronger Country Communities Fund has already delivered across the towns and villages of Myall Lakes electorate and confirmation that additional funding is available for youth and community projects is great news,” Mr Bromhead said. “I will be talking with local residents and organisations about what their community wants and needs, to ensure we make the most of this fantastic funding opportunity.”

“I am urging young people living in Myall Lakes to think about the local infrastructure and programs they would like to see funded and share those ideas.”

Examples of youth infrastructure and programs that could receive funding include job skills training, youth festivals, youth centre upgrades, social inclusion and support groups, recording studio equipment, art studio upgrades and drama performance spaces.

Mr Bromhead said applications would open on Monday, July 1 and close on Friday, September 27; successful projects will be announced from January onwards.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the Stronger Country Communities Fund was investing in infrastructure projects in regional communities to improve the lives of residents and enhance the attractiveness of these areas as vibrant places to live, work, play and thrive.

“Since we first rolled out the Stronger Country Communities Fund in 2017 the NSW Nationals have worked with all 93 regional councils to allocate funding to more than 1000 projects,” he said.