Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke says a $3.2 million NSW Government fund will help make public transport better for regional users.

Ms Cooke is encouraging councils, transport operators, schools and community groups throughout the Cootamundra electorate to apply for a share of funding to improve the customer experience.

“This fund is aimed at improving access to public transport and improving infrastructure so that all users can enjoy a much better experience when they travel,” Ms Cooke said.

“Through this fund, communities in the Cootamundra electorate could see new bus shelters, new seats, signage or better lighting at existing stops, or even the installation of guidance tools for customers with vision impairment and wheelchairs.

“We want to make sure that absolutely all public transport users can make use of the services available so that they can enjoy their journeys, whether that be a trip to meet friends, a shopping expedition or perhaps a medical appointment.

“This program directly benefits customers in rural, regional and remote communities travelling on services contracted by the NSW Nationals in Government, with more than $11 million invested across more than 1000 infrastructure projects since 2011.

“The NSW Nationals in Government are committed to improving public transport infrastructure across the state and I encourage councils, operators, schools and community groups to work together to identify the needs within their community, and apply.”

Applications for the next round of the Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants Scheme are now open and will close at noon on September 30, 2019. Applications can be completed online with guidelines at https://transportnsw.smartygrants.com.au/201921CPTIGS and further information is available at https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/operations/community-transport-operators/country-passenger-transport-infrastructure-grants-scheme