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Region's organisations encouraged to apply for funding to improve social housing spaces

19 Dec 2017

Member for Murray Austin Evans today called on community organisations in the region to apply for a share of $1.2 million in funding to help build or improve community facilities for social housing tenants and the wider community.  Round 4 of the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF) opened on 16 November 2017 with grants of $35,000 to $50,000 made available to councils, not-for-profit organisations and private sector organisations across NSW.

Mr Evans said the SHCIF was designed to not only improve social housing facilities for tenants, but also create better linkages between social housing and the broader community.  "Projects funded under the SHCIF not only improve the liveability and amenity of social housing for our tenants, but also reduce the isolation that can exist between residents of social housing and the broader community," Mr Evans said.

"I encourage community organisations in the region to apply for funding to help improve facilities for our most vulnerable."  Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward said funding under Round 4 prioritise high-density social housing populations to ensure more social housing residents across the state benefit from improved community facilities.

"We've already seen projects across NSW that have made a real difference in people's lives and I look forward to Round Four providing more tenants with the opportunity to enjoy improved facilities," Ms Goward added.

Round 4 of the SHCIF is the final stage in the delivery of the NSW Liberals and Nationals Commitment to invest $20 million to improve the liveability and amenity of social housing communities. Since 2015, the SHCIF has invested in nearly 500 projects across NSW.

All grant applications must be for projects that can be completed within 12 months or by no later than 30 March 2019.

Applications will be open to mid December.

To apply or to find further information about eligible locations and projects, please 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:

Awards to recognise women in local government

22 Dec 2017

Member for Murray Austin Evans is calling on communities across the Murray electorate to nominate women councillors and council staff for the 2018 Ministers' Awards for Women in Local Government.  Mr Evans said the awards recognise the hard work and imaginative ideas women bring to council and community achievements.  "Women in Local Government provide inspiration and hard work that make a genuine difference to the people in their community," he said.  "They deserve recognition and to have their contributions publicly applauded.

"I'm encouraging people in the community to nominate a female councillor or female member of the council staff who they feel has made a significant contribution to their council and community's overall successes."  The annual awards, now in their 11th year, are a joint initiative between Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton and Minister for Women Tanya Davies to recognise the achievements of women in metropolitan and regional/rural councils.

Ms Upton said the awards provided a chance to officially recognise the vital role women played in creating stronger councils and enhancing the amenity of their local community.  "The awards acknowledge the positive work of senior staff and elected representatives as well as women making a difference behind the scenes and trail-blazing women in non-traditional roles," she said.

The award categories are:

*            Elected representative (including councillors and mayors)

*            Senior Staff Member

*            Non-Senior Staff Member

*            Women in non-traditional roles

*            Traineeships/apprentices.

Nominations close on December 21.

The awards will be presented at a function to celebrate International Women's Day at Parliament House in Sydney on March 7 2018.

Full details of the categories and how to make a nomination are on the Office of Local Government website

$350,000 in grants available for food waste education programs

23 Dec 2017
Member for Murray Austin Evans is encouraging councils, not-for-profit organisations, community groups and businesses to apply for more than $350,000 available in grants to help tackle food waste. “This funding will help change the way we think about food waste,” Mr Evans said. A NSW Government survey estimates the average NSW household is currently throwing out almost $4000 of food waste per year.

There are two grant streams available – the first stream is open to councils, not-for-profits, community groups and businesses to support households to reduce food waste. Successful applicants will receive grants of up to $20,000 to rollout Food Smart, a month-long interactive program that provides households with six-steps to measure and reduce their food waste.

The second stream is for business education. Under this program, food businesses, such as cafes or restaurants with 10 outlets or more than 50 employees, councils, not-for-profits and community groups can apply for grants of up to $30,000 for one year or $60,000 for two years. Successful applicants will roll out the Your Business is Food program to help businesses measure their food waste and undertake actions to reduce it.

“Under the household stream, this funding will support education programs like workshops and cooking classes, while the business grants stream helps restaurants and café owners increase profits while reducing food waste,” Mr Evans concluded. For more information, visit:

Applications close 22 December 2017.

Grant funding to unite culturally diverse communities

16 Dec 2017
Member for Murray Austin Evans called on local community organisations to apply for up to $30,000 in funding for projects that bring culturally diverse communities together and promote social cohesion. Mr Evans said Unity Grants are a great way to celebrate our diverse and harmonious community.

“I encourage all local not-for-profit organisations or local councils working in partnership with community organisations to apply,” Mr Evans said. Minister for Multiculturalism, Ray Williams, said the NSW Government is investing in projects that will bring people together in meaningful ways. “Grants are an important way for us to invest in community projects and grass-roots activities that build community harmony and celebrate our cultural diversity,” Mr Williams said.

Priority areas for 2017/18 Unity Grants are:
 • The promotion of strong intercultural networks
• Arts and sports programs that target young people across all communities
• Partnerships and programs that promote employment, volunteering and participation for new arrivals and migrants, including programs focused on women, youth and seniors
• Supporting participation of people with disability and aged care needs from diverse backgrounds

Applications are now open until 15 December 2017, 12pm.
For more information about Unity Grants, please visit:

Funding for women’s leadership development

16 Dec 2017

A limited pool of scholarship funding has currently been provisioned for women to participate in a range of leadership courses. The grants are allocated with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for women.

Scholarships are available across three key management levels:

·      Experienced senior and executive leaders are eligible to apply for an $8,000 scholarship to assist their participation in the Advanced Leadership Program (ALP)

·       Mid-level managers are eligible to apply for a $4,000 scholarship to assist their participation in the Executive Ready program (WER)

·       Early career managers are eligible to apply for a $3,000 scholarship to assist their participation in the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program (ALPP)

Scholarship funding is strictly limited and Expressions of Interest close Friday, 15th December, 2017

$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.

New round of the Building Better Regions Fund now open

Farrer MP Sussan Ley is encouraging local Councils and not for profit organisations to apply for assistance grants through Round Two of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

Ms Ley said the $481.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supported the Coalition Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. “We have already benefitted from the last round of the BBRF (and the former Stronger Regions Fund) with millions of dollars being delivered to projects across my electorate. These Funds support local businesses and job creation, while also helping meet the needs of towns and local communities across the country.”

Acting Minister for Regional Development Darren Chester said “infrastructure investment, planning and capability building are significant to improving outcomes in regional Australia. Applicants should demonstrate how their project can drive economic development, make their region a more attractive place to live, and foster partnerships across their community.”

Round 2 of the Building Better Regions Fund can assist Infrastructure Projects ($20,000 - $10 million) and Community Investments ($5,000+)

Applications close 19 December 2017.

For more information:

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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