Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today welcomed the NSW Government announcement it would invest $100 million in new and existing sports infrastructure across regional NSW.
Mr MacDonald said the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund, which is part of the Deputy Premier’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund will go towards improving the quality and quantity of sports venues in regional areas. Eligible LGAs include Lake Macquarie City Council, Cessnock City Council, Maitland City Council and Port Stephens Council.
“This fund will go towards sports projects that will benefit the whole community, by encouraging participation and developing facilities that will allow the region to host major sporting events.
“We are looking for projects that will not only improve the playing experience, but the fan experience.
“This could be an indoor sports centre, a football field or a multi-purpose complex with change rooms and a cafeteria.
“This fund provides a more streamlined and responsive approach to investment in NSW, and I will work with the local government and sporting groups to identify projects that will benefit the Hunter and help develop business cases to secure funding,” he said.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the Regional Sport Infrastructure Fund will build upon the investments already being made in the Hunter area.
“Sport is integral to building our sense of community,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The NSW Government wants to ensure regional communities are vibrant, strong and cohesive places to live, and sport is central to achieving that.
“Sport is also a significant economic driver, attracting investment and creating new jobs.
“Both amateur and professional sport events boost visitation and encouraging spending in the local community, which ultimately creates employment and a more vibrant economy.
Further information and program guidelines are available at https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/regional-sports-infrastructure
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