The NSW Government has allocated $200 million under the new Stronger Country Communities Fund to invest in rural and regional community infrastructure projects.
Member for Albury Greg Aplin said the ultimate aim of the program was to improve the lives of residents and enhance locations as vibrant places to live and work.
The funding will be distributed over two years, with applications to be sought from the community.
‘‘Substantial funding will be available to each local government area in the electorate, with the New South Wales Government seeking projects valued up to $1 million, or higher if there is a significant financial co-contribution,’’ Mr Aplin said.
‘‘Public assets in the region — like school facilities, libraries, parks, walking and cycle pathways, health centres, country halls and showgrounds — contribute to the social fabric of our wonderful region, and help foster connectedness and town pride.
‘‘This new fund will support projects that involve building new community facilities and refurbishing existing facilities.
‘‘This is a fantastic opportunity for the local community to benefit from the significant investment the New South Wales Government is making in rural and regional areas.’’
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s wider $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund which, together with the $300 million Environment and Tourism Fund, is designed to improve economic growth and productivity by investing in regional communities.
‘‘The government is committed to making rural and regional communities an even better place for people to live, work and play,’’ Mr Barilaro said.
‘‘This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for regional communities to benefit from a significant investment in the things that make our towns and regional cities the kinds of places we love, and others want to come to.’’
Constituents in the electorate are encouraged to submit ideas online and visit council websites.
For more information, visit www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.