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  • Writer's pictureDave Layzell MP

State Matters - 12 July 2021

NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants Program Now Open

Just to remind community organisations within the Upper Hunter electorate the next round of the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program are open.

The NSW Government offers grants to communities across NSW to support the building, renovation and fit-out of local community infrastructure. Each year $12.5 million is available for projects across arts and culture, sport and recreation infrastructure and projects that assist communities with essential infrastructure and disaster readiness.

To be eligible for funding, applications must meet eligibility conditions including, the project location, the applicant and project benefit, purpose and development status.

There is also a requirement for local government applicants to match funding.

Infrastructure Grants can be used toward the costs of construction, alteration, renovation, completion and fit-out of buildings and community infrastructure in the following categories:

  • Arts & Culture: $50,000 to $200,000 available per project

  • Community Infrastructure: $10,000 to $200,000 available per project

  • Disaster Readiness: $10,000 to $200,000 available per project

  • Sport & Recreation: $50,000 to $300,000 available per project

Since 2015, the NSW Government has funded more than 441 community projects worth $73 million under the Infrastructure Grants program.

Applications are currently open and close on Monday 26 July 2021. To find out more information or to apply, please visit

NSW Begins Permanent Firearms Amnesty

Residents within the Upper Hunter electorate will be able to surrender unwanted or unregistered firearms parts, and ammunition for destruction, at no cost and without penalty for illegal possession, as part of a monumental and first-ever permanent National Firearms Amnesty.

The amnesty coincides with the launch of Gun Safe, a new online portal for managing firearms transactions in NSW.

The first of its kind, Gun Safe replaces manual licence applications with real time information and verification. The portal will be linked to the acquisition of firearms in NSW and disposal of firearms locally and interstate, including firearms which are provided as part of the amnesty.

Participating firearms dealers can now accept and record unregistered firearms through the NSW Police Force’s new Gun Safe platform. Dealers using the digital platform can register firearms, prohibited weapons, gun parts and ammunition under the amnesty.

More information about the amnesty and surrendering, registering or selling unwanted firearms is available from

Mobile Service Centre returning to Clarence Town

Service NSW is returning to Clarence Town with their Mobile Service Centre.

The mobile service centre will be at 48 Grey Street Clarence Town(outside School of Arts)

Opening Hours are Monday 26 July 2021 from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

A reminder that our dedicated Service NSW staff on board can provide support across a broad range of services including:

  • Renewing a driver licence or vehicle registration

  • Processing of Medical and Mobility Parking Permits

  • Processing of RSA and RCG cards

  • Undertaking driver knowledge tests

  • Applying for births, deaths and marriages certificates

  • Applications and Renewals for Working with Children Checks

  • Consulting with a Cost of Living specialist for help accessing more than 70 government rebates and savings.

The Mobile Service Centres will accept cashless payments by credit and debit card or cheque.

Please check the website for the latest information on service locations and opening hours at


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