MARSHALL URGING APPLICATIONS FOR $17 MILLION PUBLIC RESERVE FUNDING

MARSHALL URGING APPLICATIONS FOR $17 MILLION PUBLIC RESERVE FUNDING

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall with Delungra Recreation Ground Trustees Jill Brown, left, and John Burt. The grounds received $15,000 last year from the PRMF for new yard panels.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

LOCAL MP Adam Marshall is encouraging crown reserve managers across the Northern Tablelands to apply for a share of the $17 million available under the NSW Government’s Public Reserves Management Fund Program (PRMF) to improve and enhance the hundreds of public reserves in the region.

Mr Marshall said the PRMF funding was part of an annual program of grants and loans from the government to assist crown reserve managers to develop, maintain and protect important public assets including showgrounds and community halls, local parks and reserves and caravan parks.

“Whether it’s taking your children to the annual show, holidays at a favourite caravan park or using the local community hall for a party, we all rely on these public spaces and have many fond memories using them,” Mr Marshall said.

“The government wants to make sure these important community facilities in the bush are up to scratch for years to come and this program helps various volunteers trusts with the development, maintenance and improvement of these important assets.”

“In the last four years, our region has received more than $2.3 million from the PRMF for a wide range of groups and facilities and I’m encouraging all crown reserve managers to apply again in this round.”

The last round of the PRMF funded 22 projects in the Northern Tablelands, worth more than $1.1 million, ranging from a rebuild of the Armidale Showground Grandstands to battling a mimosa infestation at Yetman Common.

Crown reserve holiday parks, local parks and reserves, state parks and showgrounds on Crown land will be eligible for funding, along with freehold showgrounds and schools of arts.

“Demand for funding is highly competitive – last year more than 700 applications were received,” Mr Marshall said. “The government is looking for projects that provide a genuine public benefit to the Crown reserves enjoyed by communities.

“In the Northern Tablelands we have many eligible facilities and I want to see them applying for funding.”

Applications will open Monday, 5 February, and close Friday, 9 March this year.

For further information and to apply, visit www.crownland.nsw.gov.au

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