LOCAL GROUPS URGED TO APPLY FOR COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE FUND

COMMUNITIES across the Northern Tablelands have a chance to claim their share of millions of dollars in new infrastructure funding, with applications now open for projects from sports, arts and community safety groups.

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program was now open and encouraged local councils and community groups to apply.

“I encourage local organisations to consider applying for a project that will help make a real difference to our local community,” Mr Marshall said.

“These projects bring people together to enjoy new or improved sports, recreation, arts and cultural facilities, or help improve community safety in times of emergency.

“Previous rounds have seen more than $1.4 million secured to undertake substantial upgrades to the Inverell Sporting Complex and Cameron Park.

“Moree also received $1.25 million to upgrade rugby league facilities and Ashford gained funds to construct emergency accommodation at the local bowling club.

“I’m especially keen to see projects that will build new community amenities or substantially upgrade well-loved facilities.”

During this term of government, $50 million in Infrastructure Grants is being provided to communities across NSW. The funds are generated by the NSW Clubs industry, from reinvesting profits from gaming machine revenue.

“Thanks to recent improvements, funding is simpler to access with a wider variety of groups now eligible for consideration,” Mr Marshall said.

“Smaller projects are now being considered, allowing smaller groups to apply and spreading the benefits further across our communities. Instead of one round of funding each year, there are now four rounds, while a streamlined application process has cut red tape and led to faster assessment.”

Funding in this round ranges from $50,000 to $200,000 for arts and culture, $10,000 to $200,000 for emergency preparedness and $100,000 to $300,000 for sport and recreation. Applications are now open and close on Monday, 19 February.

For more information including details on how to apply for grants, please visit www.liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au/Pages/about-us/our-initiatives/infrastructure-grants.aspx

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