More than 1 million dollars to build sporting and community facilities in Gwydir Shire
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 9:14AM
Warialda Standard

In 2017, the NSW Government established the Stronger Country Communities Fund. The objective of this fund is to help deliver local infrastructure projects to regional communities. The distribution of the funds is over two rounds.

Gwydir Shire is awaiting an announcement as to which projects were successful in Round 1 and is now calling for applications for Round 2 funding.

In Round 1 Council gave priority to the upgrade of the Warialda Memorial Hall, the upgrade of the Bingara Swimming Pool, the construction of an amenities block at the Coolatai Sports Grounds and the construction of the Bingara Central School Basketball Cover following extensive community consultation.

“I’ve been thrilled to hear the exciting suggestions that have been thought up for Round One of the Stronger Country Communities Fund, some of which have already been successfully funded,” Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said yesterday.

“Glen Innes will see extensive upgrades to play equipment, outdoor gym amenities and cycleways as part of its $516,000 Wellness Trail.

“A $780,000 funding injection will substantially overhaul seven parks in the Uralla Shire, while the Armidale Golf Course clubhouse will become a regional function centre thanks to $409,000 in NSW Government funding.

Mr Marshall yesterday announced an allocation for the Gwydir Shire, with $1,551,985 now available to build important community facilities, sporting infrastructure and public amenities.

This money is provided under Round Two of the NSW Stronger Country Communities Fund. He is encouraging local community groups and sporting organisations to get their project applications ready, to take most advantage of this opportunity.

“Applications for this massive funding pool are now open, with funds available to improve the sporting and community facilities that make our regional centres such a great place to live,” Mr Marshall said.

“Combined with Round One of this program, the Gwydir Shire will see more than $2.3 million worth of projects start construction over the next year.

“All up, yesterday’s announcement means another $13.7 million worth of new parks, sporting fields, playgrounds, swimming pools and streetscape upgrades across the Northern Tablelands.

In Round 2 a total of $200 million is available across regional NSW. The fund will support projects for

• construction of new or refurbishment/upgrade of existing community infrastructure such as community halls, playgrounds, or toilet blocks

• construction of new or refurbishment/upgrade of existing local sporting infrastructure such as change-room facilities, walking and cycle pathways, public pool upgrades, indoor sports facilities or oval/court lighting

• capital works related to street beautification and public ‘place making’ such as murals, planter boxes or town and tourism signage.

The minimum grant amount is $50,000 per project. 

To obtain an application form and/or request more details please

• visit Council's website

• contact Council at

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 6 April and will be received by Council via post, delivery or email.

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