Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders is encouraging councils and community organisations requiring funding for major projects to apply for the latest round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF).
Round four of the popular program is now open, with $100 million available for community amenity and sports related infrastructure projects. Half of the funding will be for projects that enhance female participation in sport, including change rooms.
“The Stronger Country Communities Fund does exactly what the name suggests, and that is provide essential infrastructure for regional towns and cities,” Mr Saunders said.
“It is a $100 million investment in regional NSW only, which means our councils and community groups are getting a deserved slice of major funding.
“Last year the program funded projects such as the Wellington Caves Megafauna Education Experience, upgrades to Cale Oval in Narromine, a multi-year youth program in Mudgee and the installation of photovoltaic solar panels at Dubbo Cycle Club.
“This year there is a focus on promoting women in sport, with the idea being to ensure there are adequate change rooms and amenities for the growing number of women participating in activities that for so long were played by men only.
“Whether it’s rugby league, rugby union, soccer, AFL, basketball or even horse racing, females are now participating in greater numbers across the board, and we need to ensure there are enough change rooms and toilet facilities to recognise this.”
Applications for the program are open until 12pm on Friday, June 25, and further information can be found by visiting www.nsw.gov.au/regional-growth-fund/stronger-country-communities-fund