POPULAR COMMUNITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM SLASHED

Wednesday, 18 October 2023

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said local schools, community groups, sports clubs and charities would have fewer funding opportunities with confirmation that the State Government had cut back the popular Community Building Partnerships Program.

Mr Marshall has today condemned the government for cutting more than $9 million from the program.

“This is just mean,” Mr Marshall said. “What’s worse, it’s a program Labor established the last time they were in government, so they can’t blame the former Coalition Government for this one.

“So many community groups benefit from this program, which previously saw each of the State’s 93 electorates receive $400,000 for local projects.

“So many local community groups will either do it tougher or miss out entirely as a result of yet another mean government cut.

“This mean-spirited decision by the government comes on top of cost-of-living pressures and other recent cuts including axing the Regional Seniors Travel Card, slashing the Active Kids Rebate, cutting the First Lap swim vouchers and reducing the Regional Tourism Development and Events Fund.

“This latest decision is a complete kick in the guts for local communities.”

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