Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro today announced funding for the first 30 community projects set to share in more than $11 million in funding under the NSW Government’s $200 million Stronger Country Communities fund. Mr Barilaro said the funding would see key pieces of local infrastructure built or rejuvenated to benefit the whole community. “This is a huge milestone for communities across regional NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The NSW Government is pouring $200 million into local parks, play equipment, sporting fields, local club amenities and we’re even upgrading bike paths – this is truly fantastic for regional communities. “I congratulate all successful Councils and electorates so far and I look forward to seeing your projects bring the local community closer together,” Mr Barilaro said. Twelve Councils across nine electorates have been successful in the first wave of Stronger Country Communities funding.
The Temora Memorial Town Hall is one project that will receive a $680,000 upgrade, providing new sound and lighting systems, an external foyer, accessible toilets and a functional outdoor space. Temora Shire Council Mayor Rick Firman said the funding will significantly enhance the cherished community space for locals. “This is a project that simply couldn’t have happened without the support of the NSW Government,” Mayor Firman said. “Our Memorial Town Hall is the very heart and soul of our Shire community; it was built in 1966 and with this major grant, we now can refurbish it to host countless more events, long into the future.”
The Stronger Country Communities fund is one of the six funds that make up the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is designed to improve economic growth and productivity and improve local community facilities through investment in regional communities. Successful Round One projects will continue to be announced until March 2018.