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Kids under five entitled to free flu shot


Local children between six months and five years old are now eligible for free flu jabs this year, Member for Murray Austin Evans announced.

The $3.5 million influenza vaccination program offered by the NSW Government follows last year’s severe flu season.
“Last year our community, like many in NSW, was hit hard by the flu season,” Mr Evans said.
“So today’s announcement means more than 400,000 children across the State are eligible to receive better protection not only for them, but also for their families and the wider community.
“We all know how horrendous the flu can be and this is especially hard on the smallest members of our families,” Mr Evans said
“Little kids are also most likely to spread the flu so a free flu jab will not only keep them safe, but will protect others they come into contact with.”
Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said NSW childhood vaccination rates had increased by 6.3 per cent since 2010, to 93.9 per cent in 2017.
“We already have some of the best childhood vaccination rates in the country and this free flu jab will go even further to protect our little ones from potentially deadly flu infections,” Mr Hazzard said.
Children who have never had a flu vaccination will need two doses, one month apart. The vaccine will cover four strains of influenza virus, two A strains and two B strains, likely to be circulating this winter.
Last year there were more than 12,000 confirmed cases of influenza in children under five, with many more likely not to have been tested.
For more information, see www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation

Environment Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants

27 Mar 2018

Member for Murray Austin Evans is calling on community groups and local councils to apply for the NSW Government’s 2018 Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant Program.
“These grants deliver funding to local grassroots environmental projects that restore, protect and enhance a variety of NSW environments,” Mr Evans said.
“Community groups, not-for-profit and government entities from across the state are encouraged to apply for a grant between $5,000 and $100,000.”

The grant program aims to protect and restore ecosystems and care for the habitats of rare and endangered plants and animals.
The program has been running for over 20 years and is one of the longest running in Australia. It has helped landholders, local councils, government agencies and community groups to restore habitats for native and engendered species, improve water quality and rehabilitate wetland areas.
Applications close Monday March 26.

For application forms and further information visit: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/restoration.htm

NSW Government Cultural Infrastructure Action Plan 2018

28 Feb 2018


A message from South West Arts...
It is fair to say, we are disappointed that NSW Government is not coming to our region as part of their consultations to identify cultural infrastructure needs (the most south-west they are venturing is Wagga Wagga and Broken Hill).

That is why it is very important that we all complete this survey - we know there is a strong demand for upgraded or new infrastructure in our region, but if there is no response, it will be assumed there is no requirement.

Do you wish to see further improvements to Cultural Infrastructure in the region? Please take the time to complete the Community Survey (5 mins) - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BFWBTQ8

Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants are now open

20 Mar 2018
$30,000 worth of grants are on offer! with 10 x $3,000 grants including $2,000 to go towards TAFE/RTO fees and text books, and a $1,000 tool voucher.

The grants are available to apprentice plumbers across Australia – both current and those just starting their courses in the new year*. Applicants can nominate themselves or their bosses can nominate them.
Applications close Monday March 19 2018 

Download the application form at http://www.rheem.com.au/Apprentice
For more information, email rheemgrants@llewcom.com.au

$1000 Scholarships program for disadvantaged students now doubled

24 Feb 2018
Member for Murray Austin Evans has welcomed the NSW Government’s doubling of the number of financial scholarships on offer for disadvantaged young people to stay in school and reach their education and training goals.
“I am encouraging young people from our local community to apply for the FACS Scholarships Program, this will help our most disadvantaged students get ahead,” Mr Evans said.
Worth $1000 a year, scholarship funds can be used for expenses like text books, course costs and computer equipment.
Students are eligible to apply if they are: 
• Living in social housing, on the NSW Housing Register, receiving private rental assistance or living in crisis or supported accommodation or out-of-home care.
• Studying in Year 10, 11 or 12 at a NSW high school or TAFE, undertaking a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship or studying a Vocational Education and Training (VET) subject at school in 2018.
• An Australian citizen or permanent resident.
Scholarship recipients can get financial support for over seven years – from Year 10 until the completion of tertiary education.
Applications close at 5pm on Friday 23 February 2018
To apply visit www.facs.nsw.gov.au/education.

Funding local solutions to local crime problems


Member for Murray Austin Evans has encouraged communities in the region to apply to the NSW Government with solutions to stamp down on local crime and anti-social behaviour.  Mr Evans said local non-government and not-for-profit community groups, councils, businesses and organisations can apply for a grant up to $250,000 for ideas to boost local safety and pride.

"The Community Safety Fund invests in local projects that address local crime hot spots and promotes safe and inclusive use of public space," Mr Evans said.  "I have heard from many people in our community who have innovative ideas of how to make our community a safer place and I encourage them to take up this funding opportunity.

Attorney General Mark Speakman said that combatting crime often requires a whole-of-community approach and this funding helps grassroots organisations contribute to make their towns, suburbs and cities safer.  "We are calling on local organisations in the region with crime prevention ideas to come forward, so we can help make these ideas a reality and boost community safety," Mr Speakman said.

Minister for Police Troy Grant said this program funds community initiatives which will enhance the work of Government and the NSW Police Force in fighting crime both in the cities and in the regions.  "The NSW Government and the NSW Police Force are always looking to partner with local organisations to help prevent crime in communities right across the state," Mr Grant said.

"We know that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work when it comes to breaking the cycle of local crime, so we are working with communities at a grassroots level to find the right solution for each region."

The Community Safety Fund aims to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour across NSW through collaborative approaches to community safety and crime reduction, prevention detection initiatives. The fund supports projects that address local crime hot spots, address anti-social behaviour in communities and promote safe and inclusive use of public spaces.

For further information and to apply, visit: http://www.crimeprevention.nsw.gov.au

$500,000 available to accelerate region's businesses into new markets


Austin Evans, Member Elect for Murray, has encouraged local businesses to apply for the new $500,000 Murray Darling Regional Business Accelerator Program, set to help companies leverage new marketing channels and expand into new markets.

Mr Evans said the NSW Government program will provide matched funding of up to $10,000 for projects including website development, digital media campaigns, or new product packaging.  “This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses in the Murray electorate to expand their reach into global markets,” Mr Evans said.  “There are many companies who want to take the next step and market their product to new audiences but simply don’t have the financial ability.

“Whether it is the website you’ve always dreamed of or building a marketing strategy to target new audiences, I’m excited for our local companies,” Mr Evans said. The program also supports traditional expansion methods, such as exhibiting at trade shows and multi-channel advertising campaigns.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW and Small Business John Barilaro said technology is a game-changer for local businesses and it is important companies make the most of this funding. “New technology opens the door to endless opportunities and this program will help businesses access new channels and grow rapidly,” Mr Barilaro said. 

The program is open to eligible businesses that can demonstrate growth potential beyond local markets and are not solely reliant on local markets for sales. The Business Accelerator Program is funded by the Commonwealth Government’s Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program, which is administered by the NSW Government.

To access the guidelines for the Murray Darling Business Accelerator Programs, contact NSW Office of Regional Development on 02 6051 7725.

Regions Businesses able to benefit from “Ready to Grow” interest free loans


The NSW Government-backed Jobs for NSW Program is targeted at small and medium sized businesses in this region offering interest-free loans to help regional businesses grow and create jobs, part of a new range of loans ranging from $200,000 to $1.2 million, aimed at driving growth and job creation.


The loan products include:

• Regional Growth Loan (RGL) – will target job creation in regional NSW in fast- growth SMEs that can demonstrate revenue over $500,000 and future growth demonstrated via secured contracts, and will take the form of $200,000-$500,000 interest free loans for four years.

• Strategic Growth Loan (SGL) – will target job creation in fast-growth SMEs across NSW that can demonstrate revenue over $1 million and future growth demonstrated via secure contracts. Loans will be between $500,000 and up to $1.2 million over four years at 9.2% interest.


For further information on Jobs for NSW support or to apply for a loan, please visit www.jobsfornsw.com.au

Infrastructure Grants – via ClubGRANTS Category 3


Liquor & Gaming NSW offers grants to communities across NSW to support the building, renovation and fitout of infrastructure.

Funding is available for sport and recreation, arts and cultural infrastructure, and projects that enhance facilities used to shelter communities and provide emergency services.

Infrastructure Grants are made possible by the ClubGrants Category 3 Fund, which reinvests 0.4 per cent of clubs’ gaming machine profits over $1 million back into community projects.

Funding can be used costs such as construction, purchase of capital equipment and professional fees.
  • Arts & Culture - $50,000 to $200,000 available per project 
  • Emergency Preparedness - $10,000 to $200,000 available per project 
  • Sport & Recreation - $100,000 to $300,000 available per project 

Organisations have four opportunities to apply for grants throughout the year: August and November 2017, February and May 2018.

Applications must be submitted using the online application form accessed via the Liquor and Gaming website: http://www.liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au/Pages/about-us/our-initiatives/infrastructure-grants.aspx

Berrigan Shire Council Event Funding Program


Berrigan Shire Council has an Event Funding program to assist local events with the promotion or running costs of an event. Event organising committees are encouraged to make contact with the Economic Development Officer to discuss the funding opportunities.

Important dates:

For Events that will be held in the Berrigan Shire before 1st of April 2017 you must:
Contact the Economic Development Officer at Council on 58885100 to discuss your event
Submit a funding application at least 3 months prior to your event

For Events that will be held in the Berrigan Shire between 1st of April 2017 and the 30th of September 2017 you must:
1.       Contact Economic Development Officer at Council on 5888 5100 to discuss your event
2.       Attend the funding information session in the first week of December 2016
3.       Submit a funding application no later than the 1st of February 2017.  

A
pplications will not be considered after this date.

What can be funded?

  • Marketing an event
  • Risk Management
  • Paying a speakers fee
  • Paying a coordinator


What can’t be funded? 

  • Prize Money
  • Trophies
  • Catering
  • License fees
  • Events that are not attempting to break even


Preferred Criteria

  • Event designed to attract visitors
  • New events
  • Events that attract overnight stays

Funding up to $10,000 could be available for large events attracting in excess of 10,000 visitors.  Smaller amounts are available for small events.


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