Upper Lachlan Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest from the community to identify infrastructure projects which could benefit from funding under the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
“The first round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund saw $100 million dedicated to making regional communities even better places to live and work.” said the Deputy Premier, the Hon John Barilaro.
In the Second Round an additional $100 million has been added for local sports infrastructure meaning that a total of $200 million will be invested in amenity and local sports projects, benefitting regional communities.
The Fund will support projects which improve local infrastructure projects of at least $50,000 but typically around $200,000. This includes:
- Construction of new or refurbishment/upgrade of existing community infrastructure
- Construction of new or refurbishment/upgrade of existing local sporting infrastructure
- Capital works related to street beautification and public ‘place making’ (community gathering places)
The project must start within 12 months and be completed within 2 years of funding approval being granted.
Upper Lachlan Shire Council’s General Manager John Bell said community consultation was an important part of Council’s application process and is calling for community Expression of Interest Applications to be lodged with Council by 29 March 2018.
“The Stronger Country Communities Fund is an important conduit for community groups to bring forward their sporting and amenity projects to Council. I would encourage everyone in the community to have their say on what projects Council should seek funding for.
“All submissions should be completed via an Expression of Interest Form available on Council’s website https://www.upperlachlan.nsw.gov.au/community/grants. In order to apply on your behalf, Council must be provided with full information to understand the project.”
Applications for the Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 2 opened on Monday 12 March 2018 and will close on Friday 4 May 2018 with announcement of successful projects in August 2018. Councillors will meet in April to prioritise the projects to be submitted to the Fund.
Further information on the Stronger County Communities Fund is available on the Department of Industry website: https://www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/regional-nsw/regional-growth-fund/stronger-country-communities/
It is especially important to read the Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions available on this site and also available on Council’s website.
For further information about submitting an expression of interest, please contact Council’s Grants/Projects Officer Linus Nesbitt-Hawes on 4830 1000.