IT'S great to be able to announce that Crown land managers and community groups that use Crown land can now apply for a share of $14 million in grants to upgrade and maintain community facilities and reserves across NSW.
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Applications for the NSW Government's Crown Reserves Improvement Fund are open until July 10, 2020.
I know that locally there are many community, recreational and tourism facilities on Crown land reserves.
Crown land reserve managers include local councils and community groups who use Crown land and showgrounds.
While this fund supports improvements to community, recreational and tourism facilities on Crown reserves, there are benefits for local businesses and economies as well.
It also funds bushfire management and weed and pest control to keep reserves safe and functional and to protect our environment and native plants and animals.
Quality public reserves are vital to the health and wellbeing of communities.
Residents need quality natural spaces to relax and rejuvenate and this fund enhances local reserves that provide green, open recreational space and protect our environmental diversity.
The fund also upgrades facilities on Crown land used by organisations at the heart of our communities, like Scouts and Girl Guides groups, public halls, the RSPCA and PCYC, NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW State Emergency Service.
This year's funding will prioritise restoring and strengthening the resilience of public facilities and Crown reserves that have suffered through bushfires, drought and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For further information on the Crown Reserves Improvement fund and to apply, visit reservemanager.crownland.nsw.gov.au/funding/crif
IF you want to enjoy the benefits of living longer in NSW, the NSW Government wants to hear from you!
We are asking seniors in NSW to provide input on the development of the next NSW Ageing Strategy.
The strategy, the NSW Government's plan for managing and preparing for the ageing population, focuses on important areas like health, wellbeing, housing and employment.
Consultations are being held via online group forums and the NSW Government's Have Your Say website at www.nsw.gov.au/have-your-say
If you know someone who is not online but would still like to contribute, they can contact (02) 8753 9307 for further information.
WORK is set to start on upgrades to Bathurst and Lithgow Court Houses.
The improvements have been fast-tracked by the NSW Government with the aim of boosting local economies that have been hit hard by COVID-19, bushfires and drought.
Work includes $73,000 for general maintenance at Bathurst Court House and $40,000 for fire safety upgrades at Lithgow Court House.
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