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  • Writer's pictureDave Layzell MP


The Stronger Country Communities Fund will deliver 17 projects to the Upper Hunter electorate under the latest wave of grants rolling out to deliver new and upgraded facilities, infrastructure and programs that make a big difference to everyday life in the bush.

Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell said projects like these built upon the NSW Government’s vision to help make regional NSW the best place to live, work and visit.

“Across my electorate, we are going to see over $4 million invested in 11 council and six community group projects,” Mr Layzell said.

“This builds on top of the $16.5 million this fund has already delivered for 72 projects, including upgrades at Singleton and Muswellbrook swimming pools plus improvements at Gloucester, Dungog and Merriwa showgrounds.”

The latest funding of $4,075,634 will benefit projects in five Local Government Areas;

  • Singleton receives $886,405;

  • Muswellbrook allocated $852,977;

  • Upper Hunter has $839,201;

  • Dungog’s allocation is $806,382 and,

  • Liverpool Plains receives $690,669.

Singleton Council’s $773,544 goes towards Singleton Track and Field Club’s new amenities and storage building whilst Singleton Rugby Club can increase clubhouse and carpark security with its $52,150.

Olympic Park Muswellbrook gets a $486,992 boost for facilities improvements by Muswellbrook Shire Council whilst Denman netball courts receives $206,286 and Muswellbrook Pistol Club has $104,118 for safety improvements.

Upper Hunter Shire Council has funding for projects at Merriwa and Scone swimming pools as well as Scone tennis courts and Scone Rugby Club gets $276,480 for clubhouse upgrades.

Gresford Sporting Complex, Bennett Park Dungog and the Clarence Town Village Green Wetland benefit from Dungog Shire Council’s funding application.

Liverpool Plains Shire Council has funding for the Quirindi Sporting Hub Precinct clubhouse modernisation and the Plains Fitness Centre is set for modernisation and improved access.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said that 435 projects across every single one of the state’s 93 regional Local Government Areas (LGAs) would receive funding under Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Four.

“About half of this latest $100 million round will deliver 189 female sporting projects, including the construction or upgrade of female changerooms, additional amenity blocks and bathrooms, and playing surfaces like netball and tennis courts,” Mr Toole said.

Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said the female sporting amenities projects backed by SCCF Round Four would make it easier for women and girls to be a part of their local sports team.

“Better facilities and support programs that encourage greater female participation at all levels and across all sporting codes will go a long way to levelling the playing field for women,” Mrs Taylor said.

Seven of the Upper Hunter electorate projects are earmarked to assist women’s sport at Dungog, Gresford, Muswellbrook, Scone, Singleton and Quirindi.

The Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the $2 billion Regional Growth Fund, which alongside the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund is delivering infrastructure and programs that generate opportunities, investment and jobs.

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