THE NSW Government has committed more than $102,589 to upgrade showgrounds and control pest and weed infestations across the Monaro, the Member for Monaro John Barilaro announced today.
Under the latest round of the Public Reserves Management Fund Program, the NSW Government has allocated over $5 million in funding for showground maintenance and weed and pest control across the State.
"Public reserves are wonderful assets that are highly valued by local communities and are vital to the success of local sports, social clubs, business and tourism," Mr Barilaro said.
"Across the Monaro $56,477 in funding has been received for pest and weed control at Bemboka, Nimmitabel and Cooma.
"The PRMF provides vital funding for improvements, maintenance and protection of Crown Land reserves in NSW, ranging from bushfire control to weed and pest management on public reserves.
"The NSW Government's commitment to provide funding for pest and weed management on Crown Reserves across the Monaro will result in better outcomes for the community and help to protect high conservation value areas throughout the electorate.
"This funding will allow new work to be done to minimise the risk of spreading high- risk noxious weeds to new areas around the region, which is a win for our local communities and a win for the environment."
Mr Barilaro said $46,112 in funding has also been received for showground upgrades at Nimmitabel Cooma and Dalgety.
"Showgrounds are the social and economic focal point of many regional communities, and this funding will allow showground trusts to carry out improvements that will increase their potential to host more events and generate more income into the local economy," Mr Barilaro said.
Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water Kevin Humphries encouraged all eligible reserve trust boards responsible for Crown land sites in the Monaro to apply for PRMF funding when the next round opens in August.
"The PRMF is just one example of the NSW Government's commitment to the cultural, sporting, environmental, economic and recreational life of communities across NSW," Mr Humphries said.