Member for Monaro John Barilaro has announced a huge boost for sports facilities in regional NSW as part of the NSW Government’s $100 million Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund.
Mr Barilaro said the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund, which is part of the $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, will go towards improving the quality and quantity of sports venues in regional areas.
“The NSW Government is serious about investing in new and existing sports infrastructure and I’m excited to get the ball rolling on the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund to see more great facilities developed across regional NSW, including at home in the Monaro,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Sport is central to the lives of so many people living in the Monaro, and participating and following local sports is integral to building our sense of community.
“This fund will go towards sports projects that will benefit the whole community, by encouraging participation and developing facilities that will allow the region to host major sporting events.
“We are looking for projects that will not only improve the playing experience, but the fan experience.
“This could be an indoor sports centre, a football field or a multi-purpose complex with change rooms and a cafeteria.
“This fund provides a more streamlined and responsive approach to investment in NSW, and I will work with the local government and sporting groups to identify projects that will benefit the Monaro and help develop business cases to secure funding,” he said.
Mr Barilaro stated that the NSW Government is committed to ensuring that regional communities are vibrant, strong and cohesive places to live, and sport is central to achieving that.
“So many of our sports stars were born and raised in regional NSW, and I want to make sure our country kids continue to have the opportunity and facilities they deserve.
“As well as being an important part of the fabric of our community, sport is a significant economic driver; attracting investment and creating new jobs.
“Both amateur and professional sport events boost visitation and encourage spending in the local community, which ultimately creates employment and a more vibrant economy.
“I look forward to hearing from local communities, local government and community members about their ideas for ways we can best use this impressive investment,” he said.
Further information and program guidelines are available at www.nsw.gov.au/regionalsportinfrastructure