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Stronger Country Communities Fund

Published 8th March, 2018

This fund delivers crucial local infrastructure to improve the quality of life of people living in regional NSW. Funding is provided to local projects such as parks, community halls, playgrounds and amenity blocks.

The Stronger Country Communities Fund is investing in infrastructure projects in regional NSW communities to improve the lives of residents and enhance the attractiveness of these areas as vibrant places to live and work.

The NSW Government has committed $200 million for applications to support local infrastructure projects that will improve amenity and help sustain the social bonds at the heart of strong regional communities.

Round two has closed and is under assessment

The Stronger Country Communities Fund is available to all 92 regional local government areas, Lord Howe Island and the Unincorporated Far West. Regional local councils are those outside Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong

Round 2 made $200 million available for community amenity and local sports projects.

Resources for round two

Documents for round two can be downloaded below:

• Round two Program Guidelines – Stronger Country Communities Fund (PDF, 943 KB)
• Fact Sheet – Stronger Country Communities Fund (PDF, 198 KB)
• Frequently Asked Questions – Stronger Country Communities Fund (external link) (PDF, 1.13 MB)

Additional Resources were available to assist with the development of funding applications:

Online Information Session

On 13 and 15 March 2018, the Department of Premier and Cabinet ran two webinars about the funding available, application process and assessment criteria for project applications this year.

Watch the webinar recording to find out about applying for project funding in round two.

Funded projects coming to regional NSW

The first regional infrastructure projects to receive funding from the Stronger Country Communities Fund have been announced, totalling more than $11 million.

More successful projects will be published here as soon as the assessment process is complete.

Project and locationDetailsSCCF funding
Shared pedestrian and bike path in Iluka Path connecting the township of Iluka to the beach and break wall $177,450
New rugby league club infrastructure in Yamba  New rugby league clubhouse with change rooms, accessible toilet and coach/first aid room plus a new canteen and spectator seating at the Yamba Sports Complex $355,000
Lighting upgrade at Rushforth Park in South Grafton  Lighting over both playing fields and a transformer for reliable power supply $301,075
Redevelopment of Jacaranda Park in Grafton   New playground equipment and other park infrastructure $500,000
A large-scale teen playground in Cootamundra  New play areas catering to toddlers through to teens, shelter and picnic areas will be installed in Jubilee Park $499,900
New community fitness infrastructure in Gundagai and Cootamundra   Gundagai Tigers gym, Scouts climbing wall, and RSL Club squash and tennis courts, the Cootamundra Tennis hot shots course, racecourse grandstand and AFL club rooms $603,445
New playground and fitness centre in Gundagai New playground and outdoor gym, picnic shelter, barbeques, amenities block, shade and native planting $300,000
Playground upgrades in the villages of Nangus, Stockinbingal and Wallendbeen Updated play equipment in Nangus, construction of a BMX track in Stockinbingal, and a new playground with multi-station fitness centre in Wallendbeen  $375,593
Upgraded public amenities in Paterson Relocating and building new accessible public amenities in John Tucker Park  $690,000
Gilgandra CBD (stage 2) redevelopment  Dedicated parking, a walking track, picnic area and caravan dump point  $500,000 
Inclusive playground in Gunnedah Accessible play equipment, pathways, barbeques, picnic areas, shading, community art features, solar lighting and CCTV in Wolseley Park   $850,000
Upgraded public amenities in Young  Replace existing public amenities in Main Street with a new accessible amenities block in Arboretum Park $150,000
Upgraded rugby league club building in Young New home team dressing sheds, visitor and referee sheds for the Young Rugby League Football Club at Alfred Oval $113,500
Shared pedestrian and bike path in Young Path between the sporting fields, Burrangong Creek recreational area and the town centre $773,359
Upgraded public amenities in Boorowa  New public amenities block in Boorowa Recreation Park $130,000
New inclusive play equipment in Boorowa Disability-access swings and soft-fall footings for wheelchair access will be installed in the Market Street Playground $240,000
Lighting upgrade at Boorowa   Lighting replaced in Boorowa Recreation Park $100,000
New Visitor Information Centre in Harden Refurbish History Hall to modern Harden-Murrumburrah Visitor Information Centre $100,000 
Shared pedestrian and bike path in Harden Path linking Robert Park Sporting Precinct to the showground $178,000
Upgraded public amenities upgrades in Gerringong, North Kiama and Minnamurra New public amenities blocks in Cooke Park Gerringong, Jones Beach North Kiama and North Street Reserve Minnamurra $375,000
New art exhibition space in Gerringong New exhibition space will be constructed within the Gerringong Library, Museum and Community Precinct $250,000
New water activity park and indoor play area in Muswellbrook New water activity park and indoor play area at the Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre $1,000,000
Shared pedestrian and bike path, and upgraded public amenities in Bowraville  New barbeque area, shared pedestrian and bike path, and accessible amenities block as part of the local Bowraville Connections Project $130,950
Upgraded sports field facilities in Macksville  Lighting, clubhouse kitchen facilities and security fencing at Allan Gillett Oval $213,050
Upgraded lighting over sports fields in Nambucca Heads Lighting over the playing fields of Coronation Park and the skate park $500,000 
Shared pedestrian and bike path and upgraded public amenities in Sussex Inlet New shared pedestrian and bike path bridge, and public amenities block at Chris Creek  $937,691 
Town hall refurbishment in Temora  Lighting, sound and stage upgrades, main hall acoustic treatments and refurbishment, a new entry foyer, accessible toilets and outdoor space at Temora Memorial Town Hall  $680,000 
Upgraded public amenities in Ariah Park   Upgrade existing amenities in Ariah Park Recreation Ground   $100,000 
New playground facilities in Scone   Shade sails over play areas and new playground equipment  $106,350 
New grandstand seating in Scone   Additional grandstand seating at the White Park Equestrian Centre   $139,280 

For more information about the Stronger Country Communities Fund or the application for funding process, contact the Office of Regional Development on 1300 679 673.

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Published 8th March, 2018
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