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Fifth round of stronger communities fund opens

Applications for the next round of the Stronger Communities Fund open next week on August 5 and is the fifth round of funding under the NSW Government’s $3.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is aimed at improving people’s lives in regional NSW through development and infrastructure.

The last round of funding saw the Broken Hill Aero Club clubhouse receive an upgrade.

Dugald Saunders, state Minister for Western New South Wales, hailed the scheme as an excellent initiative for community groups and councils aiming to improve locals’ quality of life.

“In the last round of this program we funded projects like a safety upgrade to Nyngan pool, lighting for Geoff New Oval in Brewarrina, female change rooms at McGrane Oval in Gilgandra and pump tracks for Ivanhoe, White Cliffs and Menindee,” Minister Dugald said.

“We also helped upgrade the clubhouse of the Aero Club of Broken Hill, realigned the fields at Ward Oval in Cobar, invested in a recreational walking loop in Coonamble, and fixed the amenities at the Lake Cargelligo Memorial Hall.”

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NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Paul Toole, said, “The Stronger Country Communities Fund is continuing to make a real difference to the lives of people right across regional NSW, with $500 million invested over the past four rounds delivering more than 2,000 local projects in regional NSW.”

Applications to the fund’s fifth round open on Friday, August 5. For more information, head to www.nsw.gov.au/sccf.

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