Female sporting teams will be the big winners under the latest wave of projects rolling out to deliver new and upgraded facilities, infrastructure, and programs that make a big difference to everyday life in the bush.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole today announced that 435 projects across every single one of the State’s 93 regional Local Government Areas (LGAs) would receive funding under Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Four.
“The Stronger Country Communities Fund delivers guaranteed investment in every single regional LGA in NSW, and has seen $500 million invested across more than 1900 local projects since 2017,” Mr Toole said.
“About half of this latest $100 million round will deliver 189 female sporting projects, including the construction or upgrade of female change rooms, additional amenity blocks and bathrooms, and playing surfaces like netball and tennis courts.
“It will also deliver hundreds of projects that make everyday life for families in the regions easier, like new playgrounds, clubhouses, art gallery renovations, streetscape, accessibility, lighting upgrades, and community programs.”
Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Bronnie Taylor said the female sporting amenities projects backed by Round Four would make it easier for women and girls to be a part of their local sports team.
“Better facilities and support programs that encourage greater female participation at all levels and sporting codes will go a long way to levelling the playing field for women,” Mrs Taylor said.
“Some of Australia’s elite female athletes started their career in regional NSW and we want to give the next generation every opportunity to discover, develop and hone their skills and prowess.
“Female amenities mean players have somewhere to change before and after training or on game day, instead of having to call in at home after work or getting dressed in a parked car.”
The Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the $2 billion Regional Growth Fund, which alongside the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund is delivering infrastructure and programs that generate opportunities, investment and jobs.