Residents of the Upper Lachlan Shire Community will be able to enjoy improved community infrastructure thanks to grant funding for multiple projects from the NSW Government, announced today by Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman.

Mrs Tuckerman said the NSW Government’s significant $785,442 investment will assist construction and completion of three community infrastructure projects in the Goulburn area.

Upper Lachlan Shire Council has been allocated $672,747 to assist with construction of the Gunning Showground’s New Sports Amenities Block.

“This project will demolish the old, dilapidated toilet block and build a new amenities block, which includes change rooms and disabled facilities, canteen, storage and meeting room, at the Gunning Showground in Endeavour Park. This facility will service the skate park, children’s playground, as well as the pedestrian, sporting and showground facilities nearby,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

The Upper Lachlan Shire Council is also the recipient of $58,695 to construct a picnic shelter and BBQ at the Pat Cullen Reserve.

“The Pat Cullen Reserve really needs a roofed picnic shelter and BBQ facilities. This grant will enable not only facilities to seat 16 but will also include an accessible dual electric BBQ, landscaping and pathways to enjoy the well-loved reserve.

Finally, Gunning District Association Inc. has been allocated $54,000 to launch the Upper Lachlan Youth Social Inclusion Pilot.

“Gunning District Association will partner with a service delivery organisation to plan and deliver youth activities and events in the region. The pilot aims to boost referrals and engagement to the providers for youth in the nearby Goulburn Mulwaree and Yass Valley LGAs”, Mrs Tuckerman said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said $100 million was being distributed across regional NSW, with over $50 million to fund infrastructure and programs designed to directly benefit regional youth.

 To date, rounds one and two of the program 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 Barilaro said.

“We are funding grassroots projects that make a real difference to each community, and we know how important it is to support our regional towns with new infrastructure and programs.”

Minister for Regional Youth, Bronnie Taylor, said round 3 of the Stronger Country Communities Fund is putting young people front and centre, boosting job skills, providing the activities and infrastructure that make regional communities better places to live and work.

“This round of the Fund is supporting young people and giving them the opportunity to be the best versions of themselves, while also supporting infrastructure and programs in the town they love,” Mrs Taylor said.

“The strength of regional communities is dependent on young people having the opportunity to thrive, while remaining at home in regional NSW.

“We are following through with our election commitment to spend $50 million of the Fund on regional youth, and it will be exciting to see the benefit this has for our young people.”

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.

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