NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead has announced $92,551 from the Stronger Country Communities Fund for the installation of lighting for sports fields at Jack Ireland Sports complex in Bulahdelah.

Bulahdelah Soccer Club secured the NSW Nationals in Government funding for the lighting upgrade, which will see residents across Bulahdelah benefit from increased use of the sporting field.

“The lighting will provide opportunities for increased community use at night including football, touch football, and twilight cricket and rugby league. The lights will allow for increased night training and playing opportunities which does not exist at present,” Mr Bromhead said.

“The lighting will also allow safer utilisation of the fields for night landings of the Westpac rescue helicopter, with the lights being able to be controlled from the helicopter on landing, and will provide further opportunities for night events at the annual agricultural show.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said $100 million was being distributed across regional NSW, with regional communities set to benefit from more than 550 new projects.

To date, rounds one and two of the program have funded more than 1000 projects.

“Locals across regional NSW are seeing the benefits of rounds one and two of the Fund, with projects making a big difference to everyday life, from new playgrounds loved by kids to light towers illuminating sporting fields,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We are funding grassroots projects that make a real difference to each community, and we know how important it is to support our regional towns with new infrastructure and programs.”

The $400 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Nationals in Government’s $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is being invested in local programs and infrastructure that improve the lives of people living in regional NSW.

For more information, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.