Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless today announced more than $1.7 million to breathe new life into community and local sporting facilities across Parkes Shire area through round two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

All four councils in the Orange Electorate are receiving more than $5.7 million combined under this program – with a total of 22 projects being funded.

Parkes Shire Council secured NSW Government funding for projects, which include upgrades and funding to community services, sporting and community facilities.

Mr Colless said country communities are the backbone of our state, and by investing funding into much needed projects such as these, we are making our regional economies and state stronger.

“Local projects make a huge impact on communities, and can have a huge impact on boosting local business and community cohesiveness.

“Under this initiative projects range from small to large, and each one is as important as the other. Every project is about bolstering our country areas and ensuring they continue to grow and contribute to our state.

“This program is about bringing communities together, strengthening and supporting our social connections, and creating vibrant rural and regional communities for the future.”

Mayor of Parkes Shire Council Ken Keith welcomed this funding by saying that Parkes Shire Council has benefitted greatly under Round One of this program, and further funding under Round Two will continue to help develop this growing regional centre.

“We are very grateful to the NSW Government for the current grant funding delivered under the Stronger Country Communities Fund, helping to improve the lives of local residents and enhance the attractiveness of regional areas to live and work.”

“These projects, valued at more than $2 million, were identified by our residents as priorities during community consultation workshops held throughout the Parkes Shire in 2017.”

“This funding will go a long way towards providing necessary upgrades to six community infrastructure projects, ensuring our region can continue to support our growing community and attract further visitation and investment.”

A total of $1,755,714 will be granted for projects across Parkes Shire Council which will upgrade and fund community and local sporting facilities including:

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the roll out of the second round of projects takes Stronger Country Communities funding to $300 million.

“I congratulate and look forward to the local sports and community facility improvements that will make the region an even more attractive place to work and raise a family,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The $300 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Growth Fund that is employing local tradies, putting local suppliers to work and providing the right environment to operate regional businesses,” he said.

For more information, please visit: www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.