Member for Murray Austin Evans today announced that Carrathool Shire will receive over $1.5 million of funds through round two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Mr Evans said the money will go to important infrastructure upgrades and refurbishments in the area.

“This will include $551,000 for the refurbishment of the amenities at the Hillston Caravan Park, $262,000 to the Hillston Tennis Courts and $140,000 to the infrastructure upgrade of Hillston and Goolgowi pools.

“Goolgowi Rec Ground will receive $86,000 for improvements to its amenities and the Merriwagga Tennis Courts will also receive funds of $120,000 for an upgrade to the surface and lighting.

“The Rankins Springs Sport and Rec Oval will receive over $66,000 for an improvement to the facility’s ground and lighting”, Mr Evans said.

“Also there will be $120,000 for shade sails at playgrounds in the Carrathool Shire and there will be funds of $180,000 for Shire entry and welcome signs.  

“I am proud to announce that through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, fought for by the NSW Nationals, we are able to invest over $1.5 million into these important community sites in the Carrathool Shire,” Mr Evans said.

“I look forward to seeing each one of these projects complete, as they are projects for our communities that will be enjoyed by locals and visitors for years to come.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said over 400 projects have been funded in regional NSW under the second round of the popular Stronger Country Communities Fund. 

“The payback we are seeing from the Stronger Country Communities Fund has been enormous,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Our communities have got behind the fund and we are seeing hundreds of projects across regional NSW, like these renewal and revitalisation projects in the Carrathool shire area, giving new spirit to our towns and cities.

“Whether it is rebuilding or refurbishing our sporting clubs and town halls or building new amenities that our communities have been asking for, this investment will benefit families in our regions now and for generations to come. 

“We are not finished yet. We will continue to build the projects that our communities need because we want our regional communities to be a place our families feel comfortable calling home,” he said.

The $300 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Growth Fund that is employing local tradies, putting local suppliers to work and providing the right environment to operate regional businesses.

For more information, please visit: www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.