Funding boost for local infrastructure

Member for Bega, Andrew Constance, has welcomed an additional $100,000 boost for local community infrastructure projects through the 2014 Community Building Partnership project.

The Bega electorate has now been allocated $400,000 in total, with the additional funds coming through Constance’s first NSW Budget as Treasurer last Tuesday.

Mr Constance said that since the project started in 2009, over 70 community groups throughout the shire have shared in over $1.5million in funding to build, enhance or upgrade local infrastructure.

This includes the Twofold Bay Yacht Club, who received $10,000 for renovations carried out by Whiter Bros. Builders, and ESSCI, who were provided $8,007 towards renovations as part of the 2013 grants.

Twofold Bay Yacht Club commodore Robin Arthur (left) held a special event in April  to thank local builder Peter Whiter (centre) and Member for Bega Andrew Constance for their efforts in clubhouse renovations, including the installation of retractable windows, funded partially by last year's Community Building Partnership project grants.

Twofold Bay Yacht Club commodore Robin Arthur (left) held a special event in April to thank local builder Peter Whiter (centre) and Member for Bega Andrew Constance for their efforts in clubhouse renovations, including the installation of retractable windows, funded partially by last year's Community Building Partnership project grants.

The Eden Tigers Rugby League Club was also previously given $50,000 for construction and upgrades to toilets, the canteen and storage facilities at the George Brown Memorial Oval in 2010.

“This budget boost for the region will allow even more community groups to apply for grants that benefit the local community by providing positive social, recreational and environmental outcomes,” Mr Constance said.

“NSW has the second lowest unemployment rate in Australia, and this grant program will assist boosting local construction jobs and support businesses.

“While the NSW Government is getting on with the job of delivering major infrastructure projects to rebuild NSW, we understand the importance of local community infrastructure projects too.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is rebuilding NSW by delivering the largest state infrastructure agenda in Australian history – a record $61.5 billion over the next four years.”

Applications for the Community Building Partnership Grant close on July 18, and can be found here.

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