The Nationals in Government have secured more than $350,000 in funding for sports and history in Grafton.

NSW Nationals Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said one of Grafton’s popular sporting precincts and its much loved historical museum were set to benefit from upgrades thanks to the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF).

Ellem Oval, which is home to both cricket and AFL, will see a $295,000 facelift including relevelling of the playing surface, wicket realignment and the renewal of fencing and the irrigation system. The Clarence River Historical Society will receive $59,091 to build an archive facility at Council’s Kooklhan-Trenayr Depot to relocate some of its historical collection, including sensitive photos and negatives from Schaeffer House Museum for safe keeping.

“Clarence Valley Council identified both projects as high priorities and I am pleased we’ve been able to come good with the funding,” Mr Gulaptis said. “The SCCF was established to enrich people’s lives and boost the appeal of towns and villages in regional NSW, and I am pleased to see that happening across my electorate. The whole community benefits when local government works in partnership with the NSW Government.”

“We want to make sure local residents and families have the best possible infrastructure and services and this latest funding investment will not only benefit regular user groups, but the whole community.”