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At last, AgQuip is just around the corner, and I know that Gunnedah’s business community is looking forward to the significant boost that this event will bring. 

I’ll be taking my office on the road for the week, and I look forward to the community coming out in droves to support the event. If you’re coming along, make sure you drop by our stall for a chat. If there’s anything we can do to help you, let us know and we’ll do everything we can to help resolve your issue.

Of course, with AgQuip, comes NightQuip and I’m thrilled that the NSW government has been able to provide support to make this event happen through the Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program.

A grant of $239,651 has been provided to assist with the delivery of six events including NightQuip, Harvest Festival, Gunnedah Christmas Celebrations, Australia Day Splash, Weeks of Speed, and Harmony Festival.

This is great news for Gunnedah, and I know the community will be ready and eager to get out and about again after a couple of years of disruptions.

In other news, the NSW government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund will soon open, and I know there are several organisations in Gunnedah, ready and eager to access funding.

The Stronger Country Communities Fund invests in the community infrastructure projects that matter to regional communities and the Gunnedah community was a big winner last time applications were open.

The last round of funding saw the GoCo Community Care Centre renovations funded, the Gunnedah Bowling Club get a new synthetic green, the Gunnedah Tennis Club receive new lighting, improvements to the incredible Pensioners Hill lookout, and Currabubula Pony Club receive new stables.

These are projects that deliver on the aspirations of the Gunnedah community and genuinely build Gunnedah better than ever. This next round of funding under the program has a kitty of $160 million available and I look forward to seeing more projects receive funding so that we can build those grass-roots community projects that matter.

Applications open on August 5 and I will continue to push on behalf of the Gunnedah community to ensure that we get our fair share.

As always, if there is anything I can do to assist, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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