Eumungerie and District Recreational Association will receive a major boost from the Commonwealth Government to assist with the upgrade of local cricket facilities.
Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton yesterday visited the Eumungerie Recreational Grounds to see firsthand the facilities that will receive a $5,000 enhancement.
The funding announcement is a result of Round 1 of the Coalition Government’s Stronger Communities Programme. The purpose of the programme is to improve local community participation and cohesion whilst contributing to vibrant and viable communities.
With sporting clubs playing an integral role in our local communities, Mr Coulton said it makes perfect sense for grants under the Stronger Communities Programme’s to assist with the maintenance of local sporting facilities.
“Attending local sporting events over the weekend in country towns is very common place and communities deserve to have well maintained sporting facilities for both children and adult sporting competitions,” Mr Coulton said.
A passionate advocate of the Stronger Communities Programme, Mr Coulton was overwhelmed by the community response he received for Round 1 from right across the federal electorate of Parkes.
“For a long time I felt there was a need for greater support for incorporated not-for-profit and local government organisations to help build and maintain small infrastructure projects that would benefit our local communities,” Mr Coulton said.
“The fact that my office received over 90 expressions of interests for projects under
Round 1of this programme certainly confirms my belief that there is a need and I am extremely pleased to be able to help do something about it.
“In Western NSW, quality infrastructure can really make or break a community. Our local sporting clubs and volunteer organisations are pivotal to our communities’ identities and this programme certainly goes some way to preserving and growing our local areas.”