Community events projects chosen for State funding

Fifteen community projects worth $239,651 have been approved to be submitted as part of an application to the NSW Government’s new $25 million Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program.

The projects were approved to be put forward by Cootamundra-Gundagai councillors at Tuesday night’s ordinary meeting.

The $25 million Community Events Program is part of the $200 million Regional Recovery Package, designed to support economic and social recovery across regional NSW by creating new jobs and supporting community events, shows and festivals to boost tourism.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said with regional residents getting out and about again after the challenges of drought, fire, COVID and floods, the funding will help local communities reconnect once more.

“This program will support eligible regional Local Government Areas to host activities and support the events, hospitality and tourism sectors as increasing numbers of visitors return to regional NSW,” Ms Cooke said.

“The past two years have been difficult for our small communities with people disconnected from family and friends, which is why the NSW Government is backing local events that bring local communities together again.”

The council noted the large number of event proposals submitted by the community, with submissions received being more than double the amount made available to the council.

All applications submitted were provided separately to the council for consideration prior to the meeting due to the requirement in the Personal Information Protection Act. 

The applications had to meet stringent criteria to be considered. As such, the council said not all applications could be supported. 

Projects supported as fitting the assessment criteria are:

Business Cootamundra ($20,000)

Wattle Time Fair.

Business Cootamundra ($20,000)

Party on Parker – Community Christmas Party.

Business Cootamundra ($20,000)

Festival of Lights.

Gundagai Business Network ($27,000)

Christmas on Sheridan.

Bongongo Public School P&C ($17,000)

Adjungbilly community night.

Collective of Community Groups ($7,000)

Volunteers Expo.

L&R Group ($5,000)

Community pool day.

L&R Group ($3,720)

Family multi-sports day.

Cootamundra Arts Centre ($25,000)

CREATIVE VOICE – Regional YOUTH Performance Making Project.

Gundagai Rodeo Club ($10,000)

Campdraft youth clinic.

Cootamundra Lions Club ($5,000)

Christmas carnival and fireworks.

Compact ($3,329)

Community Career Expo.

Gundagai Business Network ($64,602)

Rock the Bidgee.

Coolac Hall ($2,000)

Community Day, celebrating the opening of the hall, markets, cricket, and entertainment.

Gundagai Basketball Association ($10,000)

Skills development day and referees’ course.

When a final determination has been made by the funding body, a listing will be made available on the council’s website.

The projects will be 100 per cent funded by the NSW Government’s Regional Recovery Package with no council co-contribution required.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the funding will help regional councils stage events that bring communities together, while also supporting local job creation and injecting cash into local economies.

“The NSW Government is backing events that will help to reinvigorate communities and contribute to a sense of improved wellbeing and connectedness in 2022 and beyond,” said Mr Toole.

“People are getting out again and we want to see communities thriving and businesses benefitting from more local activities, events and opportunities in the regions.”

Events are to be held over the next 12 months.

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