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LOCAL PRESCHOOL UPGRADES AND WEEDS PROGRAMS SET FOR KEY SHARE IN NSW GOVERNMENT FUNDING
Thirty seven projects from across the Monaro will share in more than $260,000 in grants thanks to the NSW Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund (CRIF).
Member for Monaro John Barilaro visited Captains Flat Community Preschool to announce the funding, with the preschool benefitting from $8,601 allocated out of the fund.
Mr Barilaro said the funding would support the hard work of many local groups.
“Our local crown reserves are some of our most cherished areas and with this funding, they will see some much needed maintenance take place,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The kids at Captains Flat Community Preschool will benefit from a major facility upgrade, with part of the perimeter fence being replaced, and a new concrete walkway near the rear gate and cubby house.
“The old Rocky Plains Public School is set to receive a facelift with an $8,300 grant to upgrade paint all external surfaces of the existing building. “
Thirty five weeding programs will also be funded across the Monaro in an effort to control invasive weeds on Crown lands.
Captains Flat Community Preschool Treasurer Wendy Hodgman welcomed the injection, saying the funding will allow the 19 children enrolled to have a safe learning space to enjoy.
“Knowing we have a safe environment to work in means we can concentrate on our core business – delivering high quality early childhood education to the children of Captains Flat,” Mrs Hodgman said.
Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole said the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund program was focussed on ensuring communities and visitors could continue to enjoy local land and facilities.
“This year we’ve made a record investment into Crown land with more than $20 million in grants and loans being provided across the state,” Mr Toole said.
To date, the NSW Government has invested $115 million across seven years into Crown land projects.
CRIF supports Crown reserve managers by providing funding for repairs and maintenance projects, pest and weed control, new recreational infrastructure and environmental initiatives.