Community funding program open

The NSW government’s Community Building Partnerships program has re-opened for 2023.

The program has been hugely successful in investing in the projects that make a real difference to community organisations, not-for-profits, and volunteer sporting organisations.

In the past, the program has helped fund upgrades to Pensioners Hill, a playground for Sunnyfield, a vehicle for Gunnedah Meals of Wheels, solar panels the gymnastics centre, and much, much more.

I am grateful that the program has re-opened for 2023, after several community groups contacted me asking when they could expect to be given an opportunity to apply for grants to upgrade their infrastructure. Applications are open now and close October 27, meaning there’s not much time left for our community groups to get their applications in.

This year, every electorate across NSW will receive $300,000 to share among community groups with a minimum grant of $5000 and maximum of $150,000.

If you would like more information, please visit my website, and follow the links to grant opportunities or contact the CBP Team at 02 8753 8144.

In the meantime, I’ll be in parliament this week, banging the drum for Gunnedah.

Now that the dust has settled from the 2023/24 NSW Budget, there is work to do to ensure this government maintains their commitment to regional NSW.

This includes supporting our agriculture sector who remain concerned about the threat of drought heading into this dry period. They need to know that the government has a plan, and we’ll continue to push them to outline their drought plan.

I’m also keen to learn more about the government’s $350 million Regional Development Trust Fund. The government announced the fund just before the budget, and very little detail has been provided since.

They have said that a Regional Development Advisory Council will provide input into the fund, but no dates have been announced for when that council will be established, or who will be a part of it.

We need to know more, and I’ll be pushing the government to come forward with a few more details.

Wishing you all the best for the week ahead.

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