REGIONAL community groups operating on Crown Land have been given a helping hand to the tune of $51.7 million from the state government.
The NSW Government's Crown Reserves Improvement Fund (CRIF) has received a $40 million stimulus boost to help improve and maintain Crown reserves and community facilities across the state.
Community amenities such as scout halls, showgrounds and racecourses are set to benefit from the CRIF, which will also aim to employ local tradespeople to carry out project works.
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Oxley MP and NSW Water, Property and Housing Minister Melinda Pavey said the entire state would benefit from the funds, in particular communities hit hard by drought and bushfires.
"Last year the CRIF supported about 345 projects across NSW and this year's stimulus boost will more than double the number of projects to 705," Mrs Pavey said.
"The CRIF will support projects right across NSW which will contribute to the cultural, sporting and recreational life of hundreds of communities.
"It will support residents with quality open recreational space by maintaining and improving reserves, supporting bushfire prevention, and noxious weed and pest control to keep Crown land safe and functional and to protect the environment."
NSW Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the CRIF would help improve facilities for everyone in the state.
"Crown land is for the people of NSW to use and enjoy, and to support organisations at the heart of our communities," Mr Stokes said.
"Across the State, Crown land provides space for local parks and nature reserves and a home for community organisations like showgrounds, surf life-saving clubs, Scouts, Girl Guides, RSPCA, PCYC, Rural Fire Service and SES groups.
"This record $51.7 million investment will protect and enhance Crown land while stimulating local economies with work for tradespeople."
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