Stronger Country Community Funding Round Three

Cessnock City Council will submit several applications for the Cessnock Local Government Area under the Round Three of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF).

Cessnock City Council will submit several applications for the Cessnock Local Government Area under the Round Three of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF).

Round Three of the SCCF has a clear focus on youth and Council has embraced this opportunity to seek funding for projects that will have a clear benefit for young people.

Funding will be sought for the construction of a regional skatepark at Mount View Park, Cessnock. It would incorporate concrete flow style bowl, street style course, seating ledges, viewing deck, trees, pathways, car parking, lighting, drainage and picnic facilities. The project has a price tag of $1.6 million.

The application also includes Council seeking funding for Cessnock Pool and the installation of a splash pad. This would feature slides, fountains, tipping buckets and a whole lot of fun for all the family. Council has already secured $242,355 in funding for the project under Round Two of SCCF, however the entire project is costed to $1 million.

Council will apply for funding to install a commercial kitchen at the Cessnock Youth and Outreach Services Centre (CYCOS). The installation of a kitchen will be of huge benefit to our younger residents as it will enable for the delivery of education programs focusing on healthy eating and increasing life skills. The cost of this project is estimated to be up to $80,000.

An application will also be lodged seeking grant funding for much needed upgrades to facilities at Birralee Park, Kurri Kurri. This would include the demolition of existing amenities and replacement with a fit for purpose facility with toilets, change rooms, referee rooms, a first aid room, storage and kiosk. The upgrade estimated to cost around $800,000.  

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said it’s important Council takes every opportunity to apply for grant funding.  

“Council continues to look for opportunities to boost funding in our community. This is a step in the right direction to provide better facilities for everyone in our community and in particular for the youth of Cessnock.”  

Council will lodge the applications by 27 September 2019. For more information please visit http://nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.