Stronger Country Communities Round 3 2020/21

Nationals Upper House MP, Sam Farraway today announced over $590,000 from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) to local community groups and the Warrumbungle Shire Council.

Warrumbungle Shire secured NSW Government funding for four projects including the Stop and Play development at Neilson Park and a new skate park at Coolah.

Mr Farraway said round 3 of the SCCF put community based infrastructure and opportunities for young people front and centre.

“While COVID-19 affecting many aspects of our lives, the NSW Government and regional councils are doing their best to ensure these projects are delivered for communities to enjoy once these uncertain times are over.”

Warrumbungle Shire Mayor, Cr Denis Todd acknowledged the effort of the community in putting forward strong applications for this round of the SCCF.

“This injection of funding into our local communities will be well received across the Shire.

“The projects that Council submitted applications for in this round of funding were decided after community consultation, including a workshop for interested community groups in August 2019.

“It will be great to see the successful projects go ahead and to see the community and visitors to the area enjoying the new facilities. We are very thankful to the NSW Government for this funding.”

To date, rounds one and two of the SCCF have funded more than 1,000 projects.

“Locals across regional NSW are seeing the benefits of rounds one and two of the Fund, with projects making a big difference to everyday life, from new playgrounds loved by kids to light towers illuminating sporting fields,” Mr Farraway said.

“We are funding grassroots projects that make a real difference to each community. Even in these hard and unpredictable times it is vital that we, as a Government continue to support our regional towns with new infrastructure and programs.”

The $400 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s
$1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is being invested in local programs and infrastructure that improve the lives of people living in regional NSW.

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Warrumbungle Shire Council Successful Projects:

•    Mendooran Park Playground Upgrade - $60,000

Replace expand the existing playground equipment at Mendooran Park with a new inclusive playground which includes rubber soft fall.

•    Milling Park Shade, Dunedoo - $60,000

Install shade over the playground equipment and skate park at Milling Park, Dunedoo.

•    Stop and Play Project, Coonabarabran- $278,137

Neilson Park is situated centrally to the Coonabarabran CBD & in close proximity to the main thoroughfare of the town.  The 'Stop & Play' space will provide an easily accessible, safe, shaded area for intergenerational play & activity.

•    Jump the Stump Skate Park, Coolah - $199,979

The Jump the Stump Skate Park project will build a vibrant and attractively designed skate park and learn-to-ride bike track in a popular location at Coolah's sporting hub, Bowen Oval. Coolah's Youth have designed the logo for the Jump the Stump project, have assisted with design concepts and potential locations and are jumping keen for this project to be delivered.

Neilson Park Coonabarabran