| May 24, 2018

Local projects deliver stronger communities in Murray

• Coalition Government extends Stronger Communities Programme to a fourth round

• The 2018-19 Federal Budget announcement will see local Members of Parliament invest directly in key community organisations by delivering infrastructure upgrades

• Damian Drum MP will soon invite selected local organisations to apply for up to $20,000 in grant funding from a pool of $150,000 in each electorate

The Coalition Government has committed an additional $22.5 million in Budget 2018-19 to continue the highly successful Stronger Communities Programme (SCP).

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the fourth round of the program would ensure funding was available for a range of important community infrastructure projects such sporting facilities and community halls.

“This Budget continues the Coalition Government’s commitment to building strong communities with extensions to vital community grants programs that invest directly in economic and social infrastructure,” Dr McVeigh said.

“The Coalition Government will fund up to 50 per cent of costs for successful projects from a pool of $150,000 in each electorate, delivering more than 1,000 further projects in this round.”

Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum MP said the additional investment for a fourth round of SCP would ensure that local decision making continues to play a decisive role in funding community building projects.

“In the first three rounds of the Stronger Communities Programme we funded projects such as the new deck at the Yarrawonga Lawn Tennis Club, a new boat for the Shepparton Search and Rescue Squad and upgrades to the Tatura Men’s Shed,” Mr Drum said.

“Grants will be available between $2,500 and $20,000 for successful applications and I will be inviting organisations within the community to put forward their attractive, high-quality, projects for assessment.”

“I’m encouraging everyone involved with a local club or organisation to start thinking about possible projects that will benefit their members and community. 

For more information on the Stronger Communities Programme, including application guidelines, visit: www.regional.gov.au/regional/programs/stronger-communities.aspx

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