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Pat Conaghan MP


The Liberal and Nationals Government is providing a further $150,000 in funding for small-scale upgrades and new equipment that community groups in Cowper need and deserve.

Expressions of interest are now open for Round 7 of the Stronger Communities Programme, giving local governing bodies and community groups an opportunity to nominate projects for grants of up to $20,000.

Pat Conaghan Federal Member for Cowper said more funding would deliver the infrastructure and equipment our communities need to be successful and grow.

“Our Government continues to deliver for Cowper,” Mr Conaghan said.

“This latest funding injection will support up to 20 projects across our communities, supporting jobs and delivering an economic boost to drive our recovery on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This type of investment brings people together by strengthening social connections, building community participation and delivering a brighter and more vibrant future for communities.

“In round 6, the Cowper community saw funding for the installation of surf life-saving rescue stations in Coffs Harbour, a new garden and outdoor kitchen for the PCYC in Kempsey and the purchase of new goal posts for the Macleay Valley Rangers Soccer Club, just to name a few.

“I strongly encourage interested organisations to contact my office regarding projects important to them and our community. Grants from $2,500 up to $20,000 are available to cover up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs, or up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs for local governing bodies.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the Government was continuing to back regional Australia.

“Through the Stronger Communities Programme, our investments support local jobs, grow local economies and deliver lasting infrastructure and much-needed equipment,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“We are providing $22.7 million under Round 7 to deliver investment in regional areas, support jobs to drive our economic recovery, and ensure our regions remain great places to live and visit.

“Our Government is continuing to back regional and remote communities, providing opportunities for them to get ahead and prosper into the future.”

Through the Stronger Communities Program, the Government has provided more than $135 million for projects for community-building and job-creating projects across Australia.

Download Expression of Interest Form Here or for more information is available at business.gov.au/scp

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