The NSW Government will provide $57,758 to three Crown Land Manager’s across the Goulburn electorate.

Laggan Hall will receive $2,289 for the purchase of a dishwasher and kitchen facility hygiene improvements, Towrang Community Hall will receive $35,000 for the upgrade of the toilet and the Gundaroo Park Land Manager will receive $20,469 for the supply and installation of signage.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the funding is being provided by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment under the Crown Land Manager COVID-19 Recovery Support Program.

The Crown Land Manager COVID-19 Recovery Support Program is providing $4.1 million in grants statewide to help Crown land managers recover from the pandemic by funding asset improvements and work, health and safety plans on reserves.

Applications were invited from all Crown land managers, including local councils and other trust managers, via an expression of interest which closed on 30 April 2021. Grants valued from $5,000 to $150,000 (GST inclusive) were on offer for a range of things including: upgrades to hygiene facilities such as toilet blocks, soap dispensers and hand sanitiser stands; procurement of equipment, signage and other resources to support COVID safe events; work, health and safety audits for reserves by qualified professionals.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said many Crown reserves were forced to temporarily cease operations during COVID which had a significant impact on their visitors, events and income.

“These grants will improve risk management practices by funding work, health and safety audits by qualified professionals to support the use of public lands,” Mrs Pavey said.

“This program aims to boost the social benefits of Crown reserves and support regional economic recovery post-COVID while supporting jobs in regional areas.”