State politics | Grants will be available to rebuild or repair

WASHED AWAY: First there were the bushfires, and now torrential rain has made the recovery operation even more difficult due to this landslip on the Blue Mountains rail line near Leura.
WASHED AWAY: First there were the bushfires, and now torrential rain has made the recovery operation even more difficult due to this landslip on the Blue Mountains rail line near Leura.

THERE is $12.5 million in ClubGrants available for new or upgraded facilities across sport and recreation, arts and culture, disaster readiness and community infrastructure.

This is a great chance for local organisations to seek funding for a project to repair or rebuild damaged community infrastructure.

Projects carried out in response to bushfire damage or to help protect communities from future bushfire impacts will be given special consideration.

Infrastructure grants can fund construction, alteration, renovation, completion and fit-out of buildings and community infrastructure.

Applications will open on Monday, March 16 and close Monday, April 6.

We are giving communities advance warning so they can consider projects that might benefit from this funding.

To find out more, please visit responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au

TOURISM RECOVERY

THE prolonged drought and unprecedented bushfires have broken our hearts and had a devastating impact on thousands of tourism operators in our beautiful state.

That's why now's the time to love NSW. We need to show the world that our many spectacular sights and experiences are in great shape, and they're welcoming visitors right now.

Recovery will take time and the NSW Government is here for the long haul. Our $10 million Tourism Recovery Package will provide immediate help and set up long-term support for the industry to help businesses get back on their feet.

Australia's tourism industry has taken a massive hit, even in many areas that haven't been affected.

That's why we're backing this campaign through our $20 million domestic tourism commitment to get Aussies into fire-affected communities as they open up again, as well as into unaffected tourism towns that are also feeling the pinch.

I urge Australians to support our tourism businesses and save local jobs by booking a trip in NSW this year.

NEW CHALLENGES

WHILE the recent rain has been a welcome reprieve, it hasn't been without its challenges.

A landslip occurred near Leura on the Blue Mountains Line following 500 millimetres of rainfall across the Blue Mountains on the weekend and crews are working fast to repair the damage.

Our hardworking Sydney Trains teams have already secured track infrastructure and are now working to stabilise the land.

These works are not expected to delay reconstruction works taking place between Mount Victoria and Lithgow at this stage, and we thank all our loyal customers for their patience.

Check the latest information at http://transportnsw.info.