Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is calling on councils, local businesses and community groups in the Hunter to start considering nominations for community infrastructure projects for funding under the Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Applications for the LGAs of Lake Macquarie City Council, Cessnock City Council, Maitland City Council and Port Stephens Council will open 20th September and close 18th October and Mr MacDonald is urging community groups to start considering their applications now.
“The Stronger Country Communities Fund will build new parks, playgrounds and pathways and refurbish local schools, health facilities, community centres, libraries and local parks for rural and regional communities,” Mr MacDonald said.
“This funding will realise projects that the community needs and wants making them even more vibrant places to live and work.
“Although councils will submit all applications to the fund, community groups are strongly encouraged to identify proposals that meet local aspirations and ensure their local councils are aware of their interest in accessing this funding.”
Mr MacDonald said the fund will support projects between $100,000 and $1 million, or higher with financial co-contribution.
“The Stronger Country Communities Fund is a once-in-a-generation investment in the facilities and services that makes our towns and regional cities the best places in NSW to live and work.”
The Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund announced as part of the 2017/18 NSW State Budget, designed to improve economic growth and productivity with investment in regional communities.
Constituents and councils in the Hunter region are encouraged to visit:
www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities for more information.
Scot MacDonald | 0408 450 032