Local communities along the Inland Rail route alignment have benefited from grants of between $1,000 and $4,000 to support community groups.
The grants are the fifth round of the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program and are focused on the Riverina and Central West regions of NSW.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the grants were in addition to the benefits that have flowed from the construction of Inland Rail.
“We are already seeing the immediate benefits from Inland Rail, with more than 690 local jobs and businesses boosted by the $100 million in local contract commitments flowing from construction of the Parkes to Narromine section,” he said.
The grants are hoped to contribute to local and regional prosperity, well-being and sustainability through the support of events, projects, and activities.
The latest rounds of grants have been tailored to the conditions that are a result of COVID-19. Grants for events and activities must comply with current state restrictions, and applicants are encouraged to put forward projects that require funding for online or digital delivery or include work to be carried out by local businesses and with local suppliers.
While Inland Rail is expected to bring in benefits of up to $13.3bn to communities and regions along the alignment, the grants announced now are ensuring communities can be sustainable now to benefit in the future, said McCormack.
“Supporting the sustainability of these and other communities along the rail corridor is paramount and the Inland Rail sponsorships and donations program is yet another example of how communities can benefit from this unique project.”
Successful recipients include:
$4,000 to the Junee Basketball Association for the purchase of scoring benches at the local recreational centre.
$4,000 to the WIRED Lab Cootamundra to upgrade online infrastructure that will enable community members to participate online.
$4,000 to Silo FM 89.5 Inc. for the purchase of new broadcasting equipment for community radio.
$3,500 to Kurrajong Waratah for the purchase of a weatherproof shelter for the community gardens as part of the Hildasid Farm Project.
$2,837 to the Central West Astronomical Society for the purchase of a data projector and batteries.
$1,136 to Wirrinya Progress and Sports Association for the purchase of tennis court nets for children’s activities.
$1,100 to the Parkes Que Club to provide domestic violence bags for women and children.