A funding boost of $100 million for the Stronger Country Communities Fund will be a vital for infrastructure and programs that benefit the community and local youth.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the Fund will provide at least $50 million for projects aimed at young people (12-24 years) with the remaining funding for other local infrastructure, street beautification and community programs and events.
“This is great news for communities all over our region. In Round 2 of the Fund, almost $6 million of projects across the region were funded. From lighting for sports grounds, upgrading swimming pools and storage facilities.
“It includes a much needed infrastructure upgrade for facilities at the Tamworth Junior Riding and Pony club received $143,137.  
“Last year I announced $1.245 million for the construction of shared pedestrian and cycle paths along Goonoo Goonoo Road and along Forest Road to access the mountain bike park.
“In Gunnedah there was $801,000 for a Showground Community Infrastructure Project and $92,710 for the PCYC Gunnedah Multi-Purpose Fitness Room
“In Walcha the community gym received $935,610 while Werris Creek received $275,844 for paving the footpath in the main street.
“Another funding round is awesome news for youth and community projects across the region.
“I will be working hard to help councils and other eligible organisations as they prepare their applications for round three funding. I am more than happy to talk about what the community wants and needs, to ensure we make the most of this fantastic funding opportunity,” Mr Anderson concluded. 
Applications open on July 1 and successful projects will be announced from January onwards. For further information go to: www.nsw.gov.au/SCCF


The Stronger Country Communities Fund is open to applications from all 93 regional Local Government Areas, Unincorporated NSW and Lord Howe Island.
The Fund invests in infrastructure projects in regional communities to improve the lives of residents and enhance these areas as vibrant places to live, work, play and thrive. 
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.

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