Funding to enhance Crown Reserves

Crown land managers and community groups that use Crown land in the Dubbo Electorate are being invited to apply for a share of $14 million in grants to upgrade and maintain community facilities and reserves across NSW.

Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders said applications for the NSW Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund are open until July 10, 2020.

“The Crown Reserves Improvement Fund maintains and upgrades reserves and community facilities on Crown land across NSW,” Mr Saunders said.

“This year the NSW Government will invest $14 million across the state to benefit community, recreational and tourism facilities on Crown land reserves.”

The Eumungerie Recreation Ground was just one of the reserves to benefit from the 2019-20 funding round.

“At Eumungerie, extra power points have increased the capacity for more caravans and campers to improve the ground’s financial sustainability, while a new fence will provide a safe environment for users including school sport events, and the local cricket, tennis, dog trial and pony clubs,” Mr Saunders said.

Grant applications are open to Crown land reserve managers including local councils, community groups who use Crown land and showgrounds, and Mr Saunders strongly urged eligible local organisations to apply.

“The fund supports improvements to community, recreational and tourism facilities on Crown reserves while also supporting local businesses and economies,” he said.

“It also funds bushfire management and weed and pest control to keep reserves safe and functional and to protect our environment and native plants and animals.”

This year’s funding will prioritise restoring and strengthening the resilience of public facilities and crown reserves that have suffered through bushfires, drought and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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