Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders is encouraging community groups across the region to apply for the next round of the Community Building Partnerships program, which opens on Monday, October 2.
The program secures investment for local infrastructure projects that aim to deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes, while promoting community participation and inclusion.
Since its inception, almost $400 million has been put towards more than 18,000 projects across NSW.
Some of the successful local projects in the last round included a mobile interactive smartboard for U3A, a patient transport vehicle for the Cancer Council, a blanket and heat pumps for the Trangie swimming pool and a new kitchen for Narromine Golf Club.
Mr Saunders said while any funding for the Dubbo electorate is welcome, it is disappointing that the program has been cut by 25 per cent.
“It’s good to see the Labor Government has kept this highly-successful program, but the fact remains it has reduced the amount from a maximum of $400,000 per electorate to $300,000, which means it obviously won’t go as far,” Mr Saunders said.
“Community Building Partnerships isn’t about big-money items, it’s about those little projects that make a big difference in our community, which means the $100,000 shortfall could stop a number of projects from getting funding.”
“Of course, I will always fight for every dollar I can get for the Dubbo electorate, and it is disheartening that we will get less support, but I hope that doesn’t dissuade people from putting their ideas forward.”
The Dubbo Model Railway Club has previously received funding from Community Building Partnerships for a kitchen renovation and more recently a bathroom addition.
Secretary Bob Ehsman said it’s a great opportunity for smaller clubs to receive assistance.
“The improvements have already made a huge difference for our members and their enjoyment of the space, and I’d certainly encourage others to apply.”
Eligible community groups and local councils are able to apply for grants between $5000 and $150,000.
For more information on the Community Building Partnerships program visit the website www.nsw.gov.au/cbp