$160 million to help make communities stronger

Applications will soon open for the NSW Government’s $160 million Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Five, which will see even more investment in regional community infrastructure and programs that will make a big difference to life in the across the region.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the latest round was a great opportunity for councils and community groups to seek funding for projects in the region that improve the quality of life for locals.

“This is great news for the Dubbo electorate, and I am thrilled that the NSW Government is delivering on its commitment of supporting investment in regional and rural communities, making our region an even better place to live and visit,” Mr Saunders said.

“Previous rounds of the program have funded projects such as the Wellington Caves Megafauna Education Experience, upgrades to Cale Oval in Narromine, a playground at Trangie, improvements to green spaces in the Mid-Western region, and support for Orana Arts’ program BBC XL.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the latest round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund builds on the previous rounds and continues to provide important infrastructure and programs for regional towns.

“The Stronger County Communities Fund is continuing to make a real difference to the lives of people right across regional NSW, with $500 million invested over the past four rounds delivering more than 2,000 local projects in regional NSW,” Mr Toole said.

“Everywhere I go, people tell me about the positive difference that Stronger Country Communities Fund projects make to their everyday life, whether it’s a new skate park that kids of all ages love, new lighting for sports grounds, or programs that support and inspire young people living in the bush.

The $660 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $3.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is being invested in local projects that improve the lives of people living in regional NSW.

Applications for Round Five of the Stronger Country Communities Fund opens Friday 5 August 2022.

For more information, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/sccf

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