The Liberal and Nationals Government has provided $240,000 to Parkes Shire Council to deliver a number of free family-fun activities and events for the community to enjoy.

NSW Nationals Upper House MP Sam Farraway said the funding delivered under the Government’s Reconnecting Regional NSW Program is supporting the economic and social recovery of regional NSW by supporting local events.

“Our Government is rolling out a number of initiatives to help families with the rising cost of living and keep them connected to their community,” Mr Farraway said.

“The funding will go towards hosting a series of free events including, the Spring Fling Arts Festival, Annual Car Swap Meet, the Rugby 7’s Tournament and an anniversary celebration for Bogan Gate’s 125th year.

“I encourage people of all ages from across the Orange electorate to get our and explore our region and see everything it has to offer.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the Community Events Program will support the state’s events and hospitality sectors while bolstering economic recovery.

“The past two years have been difficult, with many unpredictable events including floods, drought, bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, but we know NSW residents will come out the other side stronger and more resilient,” Mr Toole said.

“People have been disconnected from family and friends but now they’re getting out and about again, we want to see communities thriving and businesses benefitting from more local activities, events and opportunities in the regions.

“The NSW Nationals in Government are backing events that bring local communities together and this funding will help contribute to a sense of improved wellbeing and connectedness in 2022 and beyond.”

The $25 million Reconnecting Regional NSW - Community Events Program is part of the $200 million Regional Recovery Package, designed to support economic and social recovery across regional NSW that will create new jobs and support community events, shows and festivals to boost tourism.

For further information, go to: nsw.gov.au/CommunityEvents.

Media release issued by the Nationals Upper House MP, The Hon. Sam Farraway MLC - Wednesday 14 September 2022.