The Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP, has announced an additional $200 million is now available as part of Round Two of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

The new funding comes on top of the $100 million announced in Round One, which has already been allocated to projects across regional areas that will improve local amenities and community facilities.

Mrs Pavey said that of the fresh $200 million available in Round Two, half will be allocated specifically to sporting projects in regional NSW.

“There was such an overwhelming response to Round One of this Fund, the NSW Government has decided to increase the funding for Round Two, and include dedicated funding for sports projects in regional areas,” she said.

“Sport has a key role in bringing people together, nurturing team and community spirit, and improving our health and well-being.”

“With 50 per cent of Round Two funding dedicated to local sport, we’ll see a mix of projects including better playing fields, amenity upgrades, new parks, new playgrounds and much more.”

“I encourage residents and community groups to develop ideas for projects for Round Two.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro MP, said in the 2017/18 financial year alone, the NSW Government’s total spend on infrastructure projects currently in planning or construction in regional area has topped $15 billion.

Mr Barilaro said he is thrilled to see the impact this huge investment has had on regional communities, as projects start jumping off paper, and popping up in the real world.

“Surpassing the $15 billion mark, plus the extra $200 million announced today for local amenities and sports infrastructure, is an incredible financial milestone for our regional communities,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We have been working hard to ensure regional cities and towns reap the benefit of the NSW Government’s economic success – we are already seeing results in real life with new hospitals, new schools, better roads and now in sport infrastructure.

Stronger Country Communities Fund applications for Round Two open on 12 March and will close 4 May 2018.

See a video of the Deputy Premier’s announcement: https://www.facebook.com/JohnBarilaroMP/videos/1812579928763412/

Further Fund details can be found at www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.