New energy efficient heat pumps for an aquatic centre in Pambula is one of the projects in Bega Valley Shire Council to receive funding under Round 5 of the New South Wales Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

The grants funded a range of facilities from an accessible and high-needs amenities building in Tathra to an upgraded pavilion at Candelo Public Reserve amount to more than $1.2 million for projects spread across the shire.

Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick, said Council staff had worked hard to secure the grants for the community.

“When there is limited money available, we rely on the expertise of our staff and the needs of the community to determine where grant funding is spent,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.

“Many people know my passion has always been to provide recreational infrastructure and services for the community, and this latest round of grants from the New South Wales Government delivers this.

“A $220,000 grant to install energy efficient heat pumps at the Sapphire Aquatic Centre in Pambula is a gift that keeps giving as we continue looking for the balance between providing services and saving operational money.”

The New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional New South Wales, Paul Toole, who was recently in the shire for other funding announcements congratulated Council on their successful applications.

“It’s the best part of the job to be able to support our regional communities with funding for grassroots projects that make a difference to the quality of life in regional and rural areas,” Mr Toole said.

“The projects being funded under the latest round of this program have been approved for the wellbeing of the community and I know from my recent visit they are the projects that the community values.

“I for one can’t wait to come back and see these recreational improvements being enjoyed in towns and villages across the Bega Valley Shire.”

To view all Stronger Country Communities Fund recipients, visit the NSW Government website.

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