State politics | A reward for those who love a rescue pet

BEST FRIEND: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole says the NSW Government wants to encourage prospective pet owners to adopt an animal.
BEST FRIEND: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole says the NSW Government wants to encourage prospective pet owners to adopt an animal.

THE announcement by the NSW Government of free lifetime pet registration for people who adopt a rescue pet from council pounds and animal shelters is great news.

This new initiative reinforces the NSW Government's commitment to encourage prospective pet owners to "adopt, not shop" for a dog or cat.

I encourage everyone who is thinking about welcoming a dog or cat into their lives to take advantage of free lifetime pet registration and visit their council pound, animal shelter or approved rehoming organisation to rescue an animal in desperate need of a forever home.

The NSW Government is committed to reducing the burden on council pounds and shelters, which is why we are introducing free lifetime pet registration for people who adopt a rescue dog or cat.

Last month, the NSW Government also announced it will continue to support local councils through $5.8 million in companion animal funding allocated in the 2021-22 financial year.

Pet registration fees go directly to the Companion Animals Fund, which pays for companion animal management by local councils, including pounds/shelters, ranger services, dog recreation areas, and education and awareness programs.

Support applications sought

ORGANISATIONS can now apply for funding to support local community projects under the NSW Government's Infrastructure Grants program.

The impacts of COVID-19 are still being widely felt and support for struggling community organisations will remain a priority for this latest round.

There is $12.5 million available in 2021/22 for new or upgraded facilities across sport and recreation, arts and culture, disaster readiness and community infrastructure.

This is an opportunity for local organisations to apply for funding for projects that will provide long-term benefits to the community.

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

Projects funded may include new or upgraded sports grounds, museums, theatres, homeless shelters and evacuation centres.

Community infrastructure is now a standalone category and it can be used for spaces like halls and meeting rooms, community transport, and infrastructure that supports youth, disability, mental health, homelessness, and domestic violence services.

Applications for this round of funding will be open until Monday, July 26.

To find out more information or to apply, please visit responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au