30 November 2020

Funding to create a strong community in Yass

| Sharon Kelley
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Mike Reid, Nathan Fury, Wendy Tuckerman, Ethan Kim, Ruby Kim and Tuck Kim.

From left: Yass Valley councillor Mike Reid; Yass Valley Council Deputy Mayor Nathan Fury; and Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman, with residents Ethan Kim, Ruby Kim and Tuck Kim. Photo: Supplied.

The NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund has granted a total of $239,160 to Yass Valley Council, with Yass Learn to Ride Centre receiving $114,000 and Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds Storage and Horse Yards receiving $125,160.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman and Yass Valley Council Mayor Rowena Abbey jointly announced the funding which came from round three of the fund.

“The Yass Learn to Ride Centre will have the look and feel of a real road environment complete with road signs, roundabout, pedestrian crossing and footpaths to provide a safe space for our young cyclists to learn valuable riding skills,” said Ms Tuckerman.

“The Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds Storage will provide space for the grounds’ user groups to keep their equipment, and the Horse Yards upgrades will complement existing equestrian facilities.”

Mayor Abbey said both projects will bring significant benefits to the community.

“We are extremely grateful to the state government for providing this grant funding,” she said.

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

“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,” he said.

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

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

“Projects such as the Learn to Ride Centre are crucial to ensuring young people can thrive where they live – right now and long into the future,” she said.

“Round three of the Stronger Country Communities 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 NSW Government’s $2 billion Regional Growth Fund.

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