Baulkham Hills Community Groups Invited To Apply For NSW Government Infrastructure Grants

Local organisations in Baulkham Hills can apply for funding to support local community projects under the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program.

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott said $12.5 million is available in 2019/20 for new or upgraded facilities across sport and recreation, arts and culture, disaster readiness and community infrastructure.

“This is a great chance for local organisations to seek funding for a project to provide long-term tangible benefits to the community,” Mr Elliott said.

“Infrastructure Grants can fund construction, alteration, renovation, completion and fit-out of buildings and community infrastructure.

“Types of projects funded include new or upgraded sports grounds, museums, theatres, homeless shelters and evacuation centres.”

Mr Elliott said the program has been expanded to cover projects that build community connections by supporting youth, mental health and domestic violence services, as well drought-affected communities.     

“These projects are all about creating resilient, healthy and connected communities, promoting participation in sport, recreation and arts, and boosting social inclusion and disaster resilience,” Mr Elliott said. 

Since 2013, the NSW Government has funded over 350 community projects worth $82 million under Infrastructure Grants.   

Funding is available for infrastructure projects in three key areas:

  • Arts & Culture;
  • Disaster Readiness & Community Infrastructure; and,
  • Sport & Recreation.

The grants are made possible by the Clubgrants Category 3 Fund which re-invests profits from registered clubs’ gaming machines into community projects.

The Hills Shire Council is a recipient under this year’s ClubsGrants Category 3 Fund and will receive $300,000 to redevelop Kellyville Park on Memorial Avenue, Kellyville.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne, welcomed the grant and said it will support the expansion and renovation of playing fields and amenities for local residents.

“This grant will go a long way to supporting the expansion and renovation of the playing fields and amenities in this highly utilised community space, as well as encourage further participation in sport. It will also promote a healthier, more active and connected community,” Mayor Byrne said.

“I thank the NSW Government for their contribution to grass roots sport, and I look forward to working with Mr Elliott to ensure our residents have the facilities as well as the opportunities to participate in sport at a local level,” she added.

The funding will contribute to expanding and renovating playing fields, constructing drainage, irrigation and water tanks, upgrading floodlighting, parking, amenities, spectator facilities, fencing, and a playground.

Applications for the second round of funding for 2019/20 are open until Monday, 16 December. To find out more information or to apply, visit responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au.

Hills Shire Mayor, Dr Michelle Byrne, with David Elliott MP at Kellyville Park