A NUMBER of projects in the Upper Hunter now have the opportunity to receive state government funding through the My Community Project program.
From upgrades to sporting and recreational grounds, to restoration of local halls and installation of play equipment, a total of 28 projects in the Upper Hunter electorate have been nominated.
Unlike many grant application processes, the decision is entirely up to the community.
Voting opened on Monday July 15 and local residents are now being encouraged to cast their votes online for between three and five of the nominated projects.
The value of the grants range between $20,000 and $200,000 and will be awarded to the projects that receive the most support through community votes.
In the Upper Hunter Shire Council, there are six of the 28 total projects in the electorate to chose from including:
- Improved power supply to the Rosedale Complex in Murrurundi, valued at $23,100
- Scone Rugby Union Club Playing Field Lighting Upgrade, valued at $148,532
- A 'Spray and Play Pad' for Amaroo Park, valued at $121,220
- The Murrurundi Youth Park- the construction of a skate park and learn to ride bike park, valued at $184,358
- Hammond Park, a playground that would be accessible to the whole community and add to the growing aged care site at Gundy Road, valued at $198,572
- Restoration, improved safety & beautification of the Moonan Flat Village Hall, and securing village water supplies for fire fighting, sports and public gardens, valued at $101,750
Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen said My Community Project is an innovative and exciting program that is putting decision making back in the hands of community.
"It's very east to vote, all you need is your Medicare card and a free MyServiceNSW account, which also provides quick access to a wide range of NSW Government services, such as the CTP Green Slip refund for eligible policyholders.
"You can also pop down to the local Service NSW centres at Muswellbrook and Singleton or Service NSW Agencies that have a digital kiosk at Quirindi, Scone and Gloucester where friendly staff can help residents cast their vote."
To vote, residents need to be registered for a My Service NSW account.
Voters need to pick between three and five projects in their electorate, arrange them in order of preference and then submit the vote. Each person can only vote once.
Voting can be done online at https://mycommunityproject.service.nsw.gov.au/projects or at your nearest Service NSW Centre. Call 13 77 88 for more information.
Voting concludes on August 15 2019 with successful projects to be announced from September 2019.