Were committed to building stronger communities in rural and regional areas, which is why The Nationals in Government have opened a new round of the popular Stronger Communities Programme (SCP).

Eligible organisations across the State are being urged to apply for their share of funding with grants ranging from $2500 to $20,000.

Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the Nationals in Government would fund up to 20 local community infrastructure projects across his electorate alone.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for local community organisations to throw their hat in the ring for funding that will help further strengthen our communities in the Parkes electorate,” Mr Coulton said. “These grants will fund the sort of vital infrastructure projects that bring people together, while creating vibrant and viable communities. The last round of the SCP was hugely popular in my electorate. We saw some fantastic projects get up off the ground including an upgrade of the showground pavilion at Baradine, new furniture for the Curban Community Hall, and roof repairs for the Croppa Creek Bowling Club.”

“The benefits of these projects go far beyond the here and now, giving a huge boost to rural and regional areas that often rely heavily on community facilities.”

Mr Coulton said eligible organisations could access a preliminary project proposal form at www.markcoulton.com.au for submission to his office by August 23.

Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Nationals Leader Michael McCormack said the Stronger Communities Programme is aimed at funding projects that deliver social benefits as part of the Government’s continuing commitment to strengthen communities across Australia.

“Our local communities are the heart of this great country and this investment in local projects under the Stronger Communities Programme is about invigorating these communities and ensuring their continued success,” Mr McCormack said. “The program will fund small capital projects in each of the 151 federal electorates, which can range from upgrading the local community hall or sporting facility, building new bike paths, or providing essential equipment for the local State Emergency Service.”

Local community consultation committees will be established to assist with identifying projects for consideration by the Government.