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Destination Network Diploma of Event Management Scholarships

31 Mar 2018
As part of the NSW Government’s $6 million Regional Conferencing Strategy & Action Plan, Destination NSW has partnered with Meetings and Events Australia (MEA), the peak body representing the events industry in Australia, and are offering six scholarships to people in regional NSW to undertake a SIT50316 Diploma of Event Management.

This Diploma is designed to accommodate study by distance learning for people already working in the events industry in regional NSW, and is provided via a new partnership between MEA and Destination NSW. The scholarship, worth $6,500 each, is being offered to six individuals from regional NSW.

The scholarship program will be administered by MEA, Destination NSW and the six regional NSW Destination Networks.

Applications close 30 March 2018

Small Grants for Rural Communities - FRRR

29 Mar 2018
A great example of a collaborative program that is supported by various partners, with the flexibility to address issues that make a real difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities. Applications are invited from not-for-profit, incorporated community organisations that have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate. Projects and activities should offer a clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional and remote locations. Applications from communities with a population of 10,000 or less will receive priority. You can contact FRRR on 1800 170 020 with any questions or areas of clarification.
Applications close 28 March, 2018.

$2.8 million in grants to bring local heritage to life

20 Apr 2018
Member for Murray Austin Evans has encouraged heritage managers or owners in the region that protect unique local heritage to apply for the new round of grants under the NSW Government’s Heritage Near Me program.
“The Heritage Activation grants are for projects that actively encourage community interaction and participation with publicly accessible heritage items that are listed on a local council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP),” Mr Evans said.
“This program supports local communities in their efforts to conserve and celebrate their stories, places and values.
“I encourage all heritage managers or owners across the area to apply for this funding,” Mr Evans said.
Past grants have allowed heritage managers or owners—most often community groups and local councils—to undertake conservation work, improve accessibility to their heritage item, add interpretation to a site, or reuse an old site for a new purpose.
Applicants can apply for support for their projects for amounts from $10,000 to $100,000.
Applications close on 20 April 2018 for projects that begin after 1 July 2018.
For more information on the Heritage Near Me program, visit, call 02 9873 8544 or email

$100M for stronger country communities and $100M for regional sport

05 May 2018
Member for Murray Austin Evans has announced an additional $200 million will be available for regional towns and cities across NSW, as part of Round Two of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.
The new funding comes on top of the $100 million announced in Round One, which has already been allocated to projects across regional areas that will improve local amenities and community facilities. Mr Evans said that of the fresh $200 million available in the second round of funding, half of it, $100 million, will be allocated specifically towards for sports projects in the bush.
“There was such an overwhelming response to Round One of this Fund, the NSW Government has decided to increase the funding for Round Two, and include dedicated funding for sports projects in the regions,” Mr Evans said.
“I encourage locals and community groups to speak with your local council and myself, to put forward ideas for projects that you’d like to see happen as part of Round Two,” Mr Evans said. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW said in the 2017/18 financial year alone, the NSW Government’s total spend on infrastructure projects currently in planning or construction in regional area has topped $15 billion.
“Surpassing the $15 billion mark, plus the extra $200 million announced today for local amenities and sports infrastructure, is an incredible financial milestone for our regional communities,” Mr Barilaro said.
“We have been working hard to ensure regional cities and towns reap the benefit of the NSW Government’s economic success – we are already seeing results in real life with new hospitals, new schools, better roads and now in sport infrastructure.
Stronger Country Communities applications for Round Two open on 12 March and will close 4 May 2018.
Further details can be found at

Kids under five entitled to free flu shot

Local children between six months and five years old are now eligible for free flu jabs this year, Member for Murray Austin Evans announced.

The $3.5 million influenza vaccination program offered by the NSW Government follows last year’s severe flu season.
“Last year our community, like many in NSW, was hit hard by the flu season,” Mr Evans said.
“So today’s announcement means more than 400,000 children across the State are eligible to receive better protection not only for them, but also for their families and the wider community.
“We all know how horrendous the flu can be and this is especially hard on the smallest members of our families,” Mr Evans said
“Little kids are also most likely to spread the flu so a free flu jab will not only keep them safe, but will protect others they come into contact with.”
Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said NSW childhood vaccination rates had increased by 6.3 per cent since 2010, to 93.9 per cent in 2017.
“We already have some of the best childhood vaccination rates in the country and this free flu jab will go even further to protect our little ones from potentially deadly flu infections,” Mr Hazzard said.
Children who have never had a flu vaccination will need two doses, one month apart. The vaccine will cover four strains of influenza virus, two A strains and two B strains, likely to be circulating this winter.
Last year there were more than 12,000 confirmed cases of influenza in children under five, with many more likely not to have been tested.
For more information, see

Environment Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants

27 Mar 2018

Member for Murray Austin Evans is calling on community groups and local councils to apply for the NSW Government’s 2018 Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant Program.
“These grants deliver funding to local grassroots environmental projects that restore, protect and enhance a variety of NSW environments,” Mr Evans said.
“Community groups, not-for-profit and government entities from across the state are encouraged to apply for a grant between $5,000 and $100,000.”

The grant program aims to protect and restore ecosystems and care for the habitats of rare and endangered plants and animals.
The program has been running for over 20 years and is one of the longest running in Australia. It has helped landholders, local councils, government agencies and community groups to restore habitats for native and engendered species, improve water quality and rehabilitate wetland areas.
Applications close Monday March 26.

For application forms and further information visit:

Funding local solutions to local crime problems

Member for Murray Austin Evans has encouraged communities in the region to apply to the NSW Government with solutions to stamp down on local crime and anti-social behaviour.  Mr Evans said local non-government and not-for-profit community groups, councils, businesses and organisations can apply for a grant up to $250,000 for ideas to boost local safety and pride.

"The Community Safety Fund invests in local projects that address local crime hot spots and promotes safe and inclusive use of public space," Mr Evans said.  "I have heard from many people in our community who have innovative ideas of how to make our community a safer place and I encourage them to take up this funding opportunity.

Attorney General Mark Speakman said that combatting crime often requires a whole-of-community approach and this funding helps grassroots organisations contribute to make their towns, suburbs and cities safer.  "We are calling on local organisations in the region with crime prevention ideas to come forward, so we can help make these ideas a reality and boost community safety," Mr Speakman said.

Minister for Police Troy Grant said this program funds community initiatives which will enhance the work of Government and the NSW Police Force in fighting crime both in the cities and in the regions.  "The NSW Government and the NSW Police Force are always looking to partner with local organisations to help prevent crime in communities right across the state," Mr Grant said.

"We know that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work when it comes to breaking the cycle of local crime, so we are working with communities at a grassroots level to find the right solution for each region."

The Community Safety Fund aims to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour across NSW through collaborative approaches to community safety and crime reduction, prevention detection initiatives. The fund supports projects that address local crime hot spots, address anti-social behaviour in communities and promote safe and inclusive use of public spaces.

For further information and to apply, visit:

$500,000 available to accelerate region's businesses into new markets

Austin Evans, Member Elect for Murray, has encouraged local businesses to apply for the new $500,000 Murray Darling Regional Business Accelerator Program, set to help companies leverage new marketing channels and expand into new markets.

Mr Evans said the NSW Government program will provide matched funding of up to $10,000 for projects including website development, digital media campaigns, or new product packaging.  “This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses in the Murray electorate to expand their reach into global markets,” Mr Evans said.  “There are many companies who want to take the next step and market their product to new audiences but simply don’t have the financial ability.

“Whether it is the website you’ve always dreamed of or building a marketing strategy to target new audiences, I’m excited for our local companies,” Mr Evans said. The program also supports traditional expansion methods, such as exhibiting at trade shows and multi-channel advertising campaigns.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW and Small Business John Barilaro said technology is a game-changer for local businesses and it is important companies make the most of this funding. “New technology opens the door to endless opportunities and this program will help businesses access new channels and grow rapidly,” Mr Barilaro said. 

The program is open to eligible businesses that can demonstrate growth potential beyond local markets and are not solely reliant on local markets for sales. The Business Accelerator Program is funded by the Commonwealth Government’s Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program, which is administered by the NSW Government.

To access the guidelines for the Murray Darling Business Accelerator Programs, contact NSW Office of Regional Development on 02 6051 7725.

Regions Businesses able to benefit from “Ready to Grow” interest free loans

The NSW Government-backed Jobs for NSW Program is targeted at small and medium sized businesses in this region offering interest-free loans to help regional businesses grow and create jobs, part of a new range of loans ranging from $200,000 to $1.2 million, aimed at driving growth and job creation.

The loan products include:

• Regional Growth Loan (RGL) – will target job creation in regional NSW in fast- growth SMEs that can demonstrate revenue over $500,000 and future growth demonstrated via secured contracts, and will take the form of $200,000-$500,000 interest free loans for four years.

• Strategic Growth Loan (SGL) – will target job creation in fast-growth SMEs across NSW that can demonstrate revenue over $1 million and future growth demonstrated via secure contracts. Loans will be between $500,000 and up to $1.2 million over four years at 9.2% interest.

For further information on Jobs for NSW support or to apply for a loan, please visit

Infrastructure Grants – via ClubGRANTS Category 3

Liquor & Gaming NSW offers grants to communities across NSW to support the building, renovation and fitout of infrastructure.

Funding is available for sport and recreation, arts and cultural infrastructure, and projects that enhance facilities used to shelter communities and provide emergency services.

Infrastructure Grants are made possible by the ClubGrants Category 3 Fund, which reinvests 0.4 per cent of clubs’ gaming machine profits over $1 million back into community projects.

Funding can be used costs such as construction, purchase of capital equipment and professional fees.
  • Arts & Culture - $50,000 to $200,000 available per project 
  • Emergency Preparedness - $10,000 to $200,000 available per project 
  • Sport & Recreation - $100,000 to $300,000 available per project 

Organisations have four opportunities to apply for grants throughout the year: August and November 2017, February and May 2018.

Applications must be submitted using the online application form accessed via the Liquor and Gaming website:

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