ENHANCING YOUTH AND CREATING STRONGER COUNTRY COMMUNITIES IN MONARO
Friday, 21 June 2019
Member for Monaro John Barilaro today announced the NSW Government have allocated over $4 million for infrastructure and programs that will benefit the Monaro community and local youth.
The allocation is part of the NSW Government’s $100 million Stronger Country Communities Fund, with at least 50 per cent of the fund to be allocated to projects that are aimed at young people (12-24 years), and the remaining amount dedicated to other local infrastructure, street beautification, community events and programs.
“The Stronger Country Communities Fund has delivered much needed infrastructure for Monaro. We can see the benefits already and confirmation that additional funding is available for youth and community projects is great news,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Hundreds of projects are being delivered and worked on right across regional NSW. Locally we have seen infrastructure improvements like upgrades to the Queanbeyan Golf Club, and renovations to the Anglican Hall in Braidwood.
“It is exciting to see the Stronger Country Communities Fund Investing in projects that make a real difference in our communities.
“Councils and community groups can apply for funding, so if your community group has an idea, or you have an idea for a council project, please speak up.
“I look forward to working with applicants to ensure the wants and needs of the community are addressed, and to assist in preparing applications for round three of this fund so we make the most of this fantastic opportunity.
Mr Barilaro said at least 50 per cent of the projects to be rolled out in Monaro will be youth-related, and all applicants can apply for funding for programs or infrastructure.
Minister for Regional Youth Bronnie Taylor urged young people living in Monaro to think about the local infrastructure and programs they would like to see funded and share those ideas with eligible organisations or Mr Barilaro, who can then assist them in bringing those ideas to fruition.
“These are projects making a real difference to regional communities, such as sporting field lights that allow night-time play, and community hall upgrades, and I can’t wait to see the delivery of $50 million in youth infrastructure and programs.”
Examples of youth infrastructure and programs that could receive funding include job skills training, youth festivals, youth centre upgrades, social inclusion and support groups, recording studio equipment, art studio upgrades and drama performance spaces.
For further information and the program guidelines, go to www.nsw.gov.au/SCCF
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