08th Mar 2019

Communities in the New England will receive nearly $6 million under Round 3 of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s highly successful Building Better Regions Fund.

Projects include:

-       $2.35 million grant for a $4.7 million project to construct a new centre for Armajun Aboriginal Health Service, Inverell

-       $1.4 million grant for a $2.8 million redevelopment of Tamworth Tennis Centre.

-       $1.27 million grant for a $5.5 million project to construct the Glen Innes Regional Netball Facility

-       $800,000 grant for a $1.6 million project to construct stable complex at Hunter Valley Equine Research Centre, Scone

-       $20,000 for Family Services Conference hosted by Centacare New England North West, Tamworth

-       $20,000 grant for a $41,800 event titled “Art Connections: Opening Creative Journeys” hosted by Arts North West, Glen Innes

-       $90,737 for Glenrac Incorporated to implement New England Local Landcare Leaders program


Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said the Liberal and Nationals Government’s investment in local projects under Round 3 will help grow the economy and build a strong future for Australia’s regions.

“These are major projects that will support the growth and continued prosperity of towns and villages across the New England electorate,” Mr Joyce said.

“From Inverell to Scone, Tamworth, Glen Innes and everywhere in between, we are funding local infrastructure that will become crucial to the long term viability of our region, encouraging new people to call us home and established residents to stay.

“I am always striving to deliver a better standard of living for people living in rural and regional areas like our own and these new projects will help deliver that.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to ensuring Australia’s regions remain strong, resilient and prosperous in the long term.

“We are supporting our regions through investing in important local infrastructure, as well as great community-building and planning initiatives under the Building Better Regions Fund and other Government priorities such as the Regional Growth Fund and our decentralisation agenda,” Mr McCormack said.

Glen Innes project details:

 -       Glen Innes Regional Netball Facility (Glen Innes Severn Shire Council)- $1.27mil grant: The Project is the construction of a new, compliant, two court indoor stadium to facilitate the growth of netball in Glen Innes and the surrounding region, and which will also have the capability to accommodate other sporting, recreation and community uses through co-location and shared use of facilities. The Project responds to identified needs across a range of sporting and recreation uses, and will benefit people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities by making Glen Innes residents more active, more often.

-       New England Local Landcare Leaders (Glenrac Incorporated) -$90,737 grant: The project will deliver a Regional Leadership Program to develop a network of leaders involved in agriculture and natural resource management. The leaders will build community awareness and understanding of the importance of managing natural resources to produce social and economic dividends for the wider region.

-       Art Connections: Opening Creative Journeys (Arts North West Inc)- $20,000: The project will deliver the two day North West Arts Trail event in the New England North West region of NSW, including professional development workshops for arts and culture businesses.




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