Resources for Regions backs Bland community

NSW Nationals

Bland Shire Council has been successful in receiving over $5.2million to deliver five projects from round nine as part of the NSW Government Resources for Regions program.

Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said this program is vital in providing support to mining communities across regional NSW.

“This is great news for the Bland community and I am thrilled the NSW Government are able to show an ongoing commitment to delivering projects that benefit community, and contribute to our local economy,” Ms Cooke said.

The five projects awarded for Bland Shire Council are:

• Main Street Revitalisation Project $95,788

• Sport and Recreation Master Plan $107,116

• Council Facility Access Audit and Plan $54,300

• Bland Shire Community Amenity and Safety Program $499,232

• Roads Upgrade Program $4,529,079

Bland Shire Council Mayor Cr Brian Monaghan said this funding will assist Council to address our immediate critical transport infrastructure needs while also undertaking strategic planning and community consultation.

“This will allow Council to take a structured, planned and measured approach towards improving community assets and outcomes into the future,” Mr Monaghan said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said Resources for Regions has delivered 355 projects worth $560 million to mining communities since its inception in 2012, stimulating local economies and delivering critical infrastructure.

“The Resources for Regions program is about giving back to these mining communities that contribute so much to the NSW economy,” Mr Toole said.

“I would like to congratulate Bland Shire Council for putting forward these projects which will make big difference for the people and organisations in this local community.”

The $560 million Resources for Regions 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 infrastructure for regional communities.

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