Time To Apply For $15 Million Public Reserve Funding

Time To Apply For $15 Million Public Reserve Funding

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams is encouraging managers of Crown Reserves to apply for funding under the NSW Government’s $15 million Public Reserves Management Fund Program.

The funding is available for any activity that supports the maintenance and improvement of Crown reserves.

“Crown reserves include local parks, community halls, regional showgrounds and holiday parks,” Mrs Williams said.

“Our area has previously benefited greatly from these grants including the sealing of the Hamilton Green carpark in Port Macquarie, the building of a toilet block at Crowdy Head Beach and the installation of high voltage power extension and substation at Seymour Street Reserve at Laurieton.

“Funding is available to support a wide range of activities which maintain, protect and improve our Crown reserves for the benefit of communities well into the future.

“This can include repairs and maintenance, pest and weed control, new recreational infrastructure and environmental initiatives.”

“On Monday I met with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and encouraged them to apply for funding to improve local parks and reserves,” Mrs Williams said.

Minister for Lands and Forestry, Paul Toole, said the Government funded 460 improvement projects across the state through this program in the last round.

“$3.3 million went towards improvements for 58 showgrounds, $4 million was allocated to support improvements to 133 local parks and reserves, and almost $2 million went towards programs to tackle feral pests and weeds.

“The NSW Government is committed to supporting the growth of regional economies and helping communities to protect important public assets.”

Demand for funding is highly competitive – last year more than 800 applications were received.

Applications for the 2017/18 Public Reserves Management Fund Program are now open and close Friday 24 March 2017.

More information: http://www.crownland.nsw.gov.au/crown_lands/crown_reserves/funding/PRMFP or contact the Port Macquarie Electorate office on 65840977.

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