Millions Available In Regional Sports Grants

The sports infrastructure investment boom in the Cootamundra electorate is continuing following the opening of Round 2 of the Regional Sport Facility Fund. The Fund provides grants for new and upgraded sports facilities in regional NSW, Lord Howe Island and Far West NSW.

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke said the Fund was improving sport infrastructure for the sport-loving communities in the electorate. “The health and wellbeing benefits of sport and active recreation can’t be underestimated,” Ms Cooke said.

“The Regional Sport Facility Fund is improving local sports facilities and active recreational spaces, and enabling more people to participate in sport and active recreation.

“I encourage local organisations to apply for a grant under the Fund.”

The Regional Sport Facility Fund provides grants of $100,000 - $1 million for projects such as amenity buildings, lighting, clubrooms, changerooms and grandstands. Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said the Fund is stimulating local economies, boosting employment and promoting healthy lifestyles across NSW.

“Investing in new and existing sports facilities is vital for NSW residents,” Mrs Ward said.

Applications open 30 August 2021 and close 8 October 2021 at noon. For further information visit: https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants

Central West in Native Vegetation Pilot

The Australian Government has announced Central West NSW is one of six regions in Australia where producers will be eligible to apply to take part in a trial to receive financial benefits for improving native vegetation on their properties. The Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot will be a scientifically robust, onground trial that aims to improve existing native vegetation on farms. It will test biodiversity protocols developed by the Australian National University.

Successful farmers would receive payments to manage and enhance significant remnant native vegetation on-farm. Examples include:

  • installing fencing
  • carrying out weeding
  • pest control and replanting.

Applications for the Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot are expected to open this month.

Funding For Cowra Driver Reviver

The Cowra Driver Reviver will receive $42,050 in funding to upgrade signage as part of round 2 of the Federal Government’s Driver Reviver Site Upgrade Program.

“The Federal Government is investing in these vital Driver Reviver sites because they are important in helping to reduce the incidence of road trauma and death on rural and regional roads,” said Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack.

“Road safety has always been a high priority of mine and I am delighted to see this important funding going towards increasing safety on our roads, particularly during Rural Road Safety Month.”

ADF Vaccine Pop-Up Clinic Returns To Cowra This Weekend

The Australian Defence Force, in conjunction with the Western NSW Local Health District, will be back at the Cowra Showground this Friday and Saturday to administer second doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

The clinic will administer second doses of the Pfizer vaccine to everyone that received their first doses during the first pop-up vaccine clinic on September 3 and 4.

This is not a walk-in clinic, and is only available to people that received their first doses at the previous clinic.

“Around 30,000 people [across the whole WNSWLHD] received their first dose during the initial phase of the vaccination blitz and now those people will be able to receive their second dose and be fully vaccinated,” WNSWLHD CEO Scott McLachlan said.

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