For the first time ever, residents can choose what community projects they would like funded thanks to the NSW Government’s My Community Project program, and Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is encouraging residents to have their say.

Ms Cooke said 43 projects have reached the public vote stage, allowing everybody a chance to help decide which ideas come to life.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for everybody to have a say in how their communities will develop, whether that’s through the building of a new sport facility, upgrades to a hall or even the staging of an event,” Ms Cooke said.

“It’s an innovative and exciting program that is putting decision making back in the hands of community members to weigh in on their top picks for projects in the region.

“Voting opens today and residents have until August 15 to nominate between three and five projects, which is so easy to do.

“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 centre where friendly staff can help residents cast their vote.”

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said My Community Project is a fantastic opportunity for residents to have a direct say about which projects should be delivered in their community.

“My Community Project is a great example of real grassroots democracy in action, it asked people to think about things their community needs, develop those ideas with a sponsor and tell us how funding could turn that concept into reality,” Mr Perrottet said.

Voting concludes on August 15, 2019, with successful projects to be announced from September 2019.

$24.4 million is available for eligible projects, with up to $260,000 available for the Cootamundra electorate.

For further information about My Community Project and program guidelines, go to www.nsw.gov.au/mycommunityproject

My Community Project is made possible by the NSW Generations Fund.