$160 million investment to make regional communities even stronger

NSW Nationals

A new community hub in the heart of Byron Bay will be one of more than 500 projects state-wide set to come to life thanks to the NSW Nationals in the state government’s $160 million Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Five.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said in the past five years the Stronger Country Communities Fund had delivered more than 2,000 grassroots projects, benefitting every Local Government Area in regional NSW.

“Today we announce the first of another 530 projects that will make regional communities a stronger and an even better place to call home,” Mr Toole said.

“We all know how important it is for communities to have great places to come together to build social connections and boost their wellbeing through sport or community events.

“Here in Byron Bay, we’re investing $1.2 million to convert the old Byron Hospital into the Byron Community Hub, which will offer welfare, social, cultural and educational services in the town centre; it can also be used during disaster response and recovery.

“It’s the little things that make a big difference to the way we all work, live, play and do business, and the NSW Liberals and Nationals in Government are delivering the projects that make a difference to everyday life right across regional NSW, from Byron Bay to Bega to Broken Hill.”

Round Five of the Stronger Country Communities Fund will support local community and sporting infrastructure projects, street beautification, public programs and events that display the best of local character and community spirit.

The Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $3.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services and community infrastructure in the regions.

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