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Several groups in the Upper Hunter Shire share in Government funding


There's more funding on the way for some community groups in the Upper Hunter Shire.

Under the Australian Government's Stronger Communities Program groups have been successful in sharing in $41.000. 

New England MP Barnaby Joyce said Scone & Upper Hunter Historical Society was awarded $4,166 for a new air conditioning unit while the Murrurundi Arts & Crafts Council will receive $3,490 to replace furniture items at its premises.

“We know the Upper Hunter has a vibrant history and cultural scene, thanks in a large part to the dedicated volunteers who help promote times past and arts in the region,” Barnaby Joyce said.

“The least we can do is make sure those volunteers and their visitors are comfortable, so these grants will help achieve that.”

Scone & Upper Hunter Historical Society was also awarded a grant under a previous round of this program for an outdoor area to display vintage items.


Other Upper Hunter organisations receive grants under this funding round include Merriwa Men’s Shed ($6,000) to purchase a refrigerator, chairs and ceiling fan; Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre ($19,000) for the construction and fit-out of a new community space; Scone Triathlon Club ($5,000) for a bicycle library for short term loan of equipment and Aberdeen RSL Sub-Branch ($3,500) for a mobile WiFi PA system for use during events.

“I commend the Upper Hunter groups on their successful funding applications as they received the lion’s share of recent grants in the New England,” Barnaby Joyce said.

“It’s testament to the dedication of the people involved in getting these applications drawn up, our communities and your clubs are richer for your contribution.”

The grants form part of the $22.65 million Round 6 of the Stronger Communities Program where up to $150,000 was made available for all 151 federal electorates across the country, including the New England. Organisations were eligible for grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 for small capital projects that deliver social benefits for local communities.

For this funding round, grants will cover up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs as a special provision to support Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

An additional $28.2 million was provided in the 2021-22 Budget to extend the Stronger Communities Programme to a seventh round of the program.

“It is important that we fund not only the big money projects in the New England but the smaller ones too because they are the ones that keep our communities connected,” Barnaby Joyce said.