Funding to create stronger country community in Yass

Yass Valley Councillor Mike Reid, Deputy Mayor Nathan Fury, Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman with residents Ethan Kim, Ruby Kim and Tuck Kim. Pic: Supplied
Yass Valley Councillor Mike Reid, Deputy Mayor Nathan Fury, Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman with residents Ethan Kim, Ruby Kim and Tuck Kim. Pic: Supplied

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman joined Yass Valley Council Mayor Rowena Abbey on November 23 to announce an additional $239,200 from round three of the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund for Yass Valley Council.

Mrs Tuckerman said the Yass Learn to Ride Centre was awarded $114,000 and the Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds Storage & Horse Yards Upgrade was awarded $125,160.

"The Yass Learn to Ride Centre will have the look and feel of a real road environment complete with road signs, round-about, pedestrian crossing and footpaths to provide a safe space for our young cyclists to learn valuable riding skills," she said.

"The Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds Storage will provide space for the grounds user groups to keep their equipment and the Horse Yard Upgrades will complement the existing equestrian facilities."

Meanwhile, Cr Abbey said that both projects will bring significant benefits to the community. "We are extremely grateful to the State Government for providing this grant funding," she added.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said more than 500 projects are being funded through the program, with funding specifically dedicated to nearly 300 projects or programs that will benefit regional youth.

"The Stronger Country Communities Fund is already making a real difference to people right across regional NSW, with work commencing or underway in every local government area across regional NSW on more than 1,000 projects," Mr Barilaro said.

"The NSW Government is investing record amounts to deliver the big picture infrastructure needed to stimulate economies and boost drought resilience, but we're also backing community projects that make a big positive difference to everyday life.

"These two projects are exactly what round three of the Stronger Country Community Fund was designed to deliver and I congratulate Yass Valley Council on securing funding for these two important projects.

Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Bronnie Taylor said the allocation would be welcomed by young people living in the region.

"Projects like the Learn to Ride Centre are crucial to ensuring young people can thrive where they live - right now and long into the future," he said.

"Round three of Stronger Country Community Fund aims to make sure that no matter where young people live, they have opportunities to train and upskill, feel connected to their community and can easily and quickly access mental health support when they need it."

The Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the $2 billion Regional Growth Fund, which together with the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund is delivering once-in-a-generation infrastructure that generates opportunities, investment and jobs.