Orange has received an injection of more than $1.6 million from the NSW Government.
Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless today announced $1,613,099 in funding to breathe new life into community and local sporting facilities across Orange City Council area through round two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Orange City Council and Forbes Shire Council are receiving more than $3 million under this program – with a total of 8 projects receiving funding across these two council areas.
Orange City Council secured NSW Government funding for 4 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 Orange City Council Reg Kidd welcomed this funding by saying that Orange City Council has benefitted greatly under Round One of this program, and further funding under Round Two will continue to help develop this growing regional city.
“Programs such as this contribute enormously to regional cities, such as Orange, as they support communities by providing funding for much needed amenities and services, which are sometimes forgotten about in regional areas.
“This funding will go a long way towards providing upgrades to sporting equipment and building community facilities which are greatly needed and will support Orange into the future.”
A total of $1,613,099 for projects across Orange City Council area will be granted to upgrade and fund community and local sporting facilities including:
- $684,859 to build a Domestic Violence Crisis Centre for women and children
- $122,000 for a new solar blanker and disability lift equipment at Orange Aquatic Centre
- $550,000 for new amenities at Jack Brabham Sportsground
- $256,240 for track upgrades and new storage facilities at Gosling Creek
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.