LOCAL communities throughout the Riverina and Central West are set to share in $150,000 of funding under the latest round of the popular Stronger Communities Programme.

Riverina MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said projects funded would deliver social benefits as part of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s commitment to building stronger regions nationwide. 

“Our local communities are the heart of this great country and the investment in local projects under the Stronger Communities Programme is about invigorating these communities according to local priorities and making sure they continue to succeed well into the future,” Mr McCormack said. 

“Successful applicants in the past include funding to install shade sails at a playground in Caragabal, new bathroom facilities for the Cootamundra Girl Guides, outdoor fitness stations at The Rock and restoring the roof of the Shaw Street Children’s Centre in Wagga Wagga.”

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

“I urge all eligible Riverina and Central West organisations to submit an expression of interest.”

Expressions of Interest are open until 5pm on Wednesday 4 September. A consultation committee will help Mr McCormack assess those who express interest. Organisations intending on submitting an application needed to first submit an expression of interest by this date.

Expressions of interest should include a short description of the project, total cost, details of matching funding or in-kind contribution, why the project is important to the community and contact details.

Expressions of Interest forms can be requested by emailing or by contacting the Wagga Wagga electorate office on 6921 4600.

Mr McCormack will then officially invite the successful proponents to submit an application. A maximum of 20 projects will be funded across the electorate. Grants will be available between $2,500 and $20,000 for successful applications.

All applicants must have an ABN and be an incorporated entity.

For further information, including the eligibility requirements, potential applicants should call 13 28 46, visit or call the Wagga Wagga electorate office.

Fast facts:

·         Stronger Communities Programme designed to fund local projects to build social and community connections

·         Grants will be available between $2,500 and $20,000

·         Interested parties must submit an Expression of Interest by Wednesday 4 September to be considered by a consultation committee.

·         Each electorate will receive $150,000 to allocate towards successful projects, with a maximum of 20 projects to be funded per electorate.

Shane Manning