Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said an additional $200 million will be available for regional towns and cities across NSW, as part of Round Two of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

The new funding comes on top of the $100 million announced in Round One, which has already been allocated to projects across regional areas that will improve local amenities and community facilities.

Mr Fraser said that of the fresh $200 million available in the second round of funding, half of it, $100 million, will be allocated specifically for sports projects in the bush.

“There was such an overwhelming response to Round One of this Fund, the NSW Government has decided to increase the funding for Round Two, and include dedicated funding for sports projects in the regions,” Mr Fraser said.

“Sport has a major role in making towns and cities exciting and vibrant places to live. With 50 per cent of round two funding dedicated to local sport, we’ll see a mix of projects including better fields for kids to play on, amenity upgrades, new parks, new playgrounds and much more.”

Mr Fraser said Round One of the Stronger Country Communities Fund had already delivered important projects for the Coffs Coast:

 Community Facility Activation upgrades ($606,901)

 Refurbishment of Rugby Park Clubhouse ($156,072)

 Missing Links: 5 Footpath Projects ($522,744).

“We have already seen the sorts of valuable projects this fund can deliver for our communities, and I encourage locals and community groups to speak with your local council and myself, to put forward ideas for projects that you’d like to see happen as part of Round Two,” Mr Fraser said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said in the 2017/18 financial year alone, the NSW Government’s total spend on infrastructure projects currently in planning or construction in regional areas has topped $15 billion.

Mr Barilaro said he is thrilled to see the impact this huge investment has had on regional communities.

“Surpassing the $15 billion mark, plus the extra $200 million announced today for local amenities and sports infrastructure, is an incredible financial milestone for our regional communities,” Mr Barilaro said.

Stronger Country Communities applications for Round Two open on 12 March and will close 4 May 2018. Further details can be found at www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.