Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed the announcement by the Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro that an additional $200 million will be available for Round Two of the Stronger Country Communities Fund for projects across NSW.
The new funding comes on top of the $100 million announced in Round One, which has already been allocated to projects across regional areas that will improve local amenities and community facilities.
Mr MacDonald said that of the fresh $200 million available in the second round of funding, half of it, $100 million, will be allocated specifically towards for sports projects.
Of the $200 million, Lake Macquarie City Council, Cessnock City Council, Maitland City Council and Port Stephens Council will each receive an allocation for projects within their respective LGA’s.
“There was such an overwhelming response to Round One of this Fund, the NSW Government has decided to increase the funding for Round Two, and include dedicated funding for sports projects in the regions,” Mr MacDonald said.
“Sport has a major role in making towns and cities exciting and vibrant places to live.
“With 50 per cent of round two funding dedicated to local sport, we’ll see a mix of projects including better fields for kids to play on, amenity upgrades, new parks, new playgrounds and much more.”
“I have seen multiple proposals for the sorts of valuable projects this fund can deliver for our communities, and I encourage locals and community groups to speak with your local council and myself, to put forward ideas for projects that you’d like to see happen as part of Round Two,” Mr MacDonald said.
Mr Barilaro said he is thrilled to see the impact this huge investment has had on regional communities, as projects start jumping off paper, and popping up in the real world.
“We have been working hard to ensure regional cities and towns reap the benefit of the NSW Government’s economic success – we are already seeing results in real life with new hospitals, new schools, better roads and now in sport infrastructure.
Stronger Country Communities applications for Round Two open on 12th March and will close 4th May 2018.
Further details can be found at www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.