A group of young people stand behind Tammy Galvin and Steph Cooke, who hold a large cheque.

Young people with an interest in agriculture will soon have a helping hand in Narrandera Shire thanks to a new youth program.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced $19,952 for the Creating Future Farmers project will run workshops and provide rural youth with the knowledge and skills to start on a career in the agriculture sector.

Ms Cooke said the grant from the Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 3 was an investment in the future of Narrandera.

“This is a wonderful program which will grow the abilities of young people interested in agriculture, and provide the practical assistance of transport to help isolated people attend these workshops,” Ms Cooke said.

“It’s the latest in a long list of investments in to the young people of the Narrandera Shire, which have included a Clontarf Academy, the Take a Bite into the Future Youth Food Van Project, an outdoor learning area for Narrandera East Infants School, a youth space in the Narrandera Library and a TAFE Connected Learning Centre, just to name a few.”

“I know the Creating Future Farmers project will add to this list and encourage a passion for agriculture and create opportunities for the Shire’s young people.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said out of more than 500 projects being funded through the program, nearly 300 are specifically dedicated to regional youth.

“The Stronger Country Communities Fund is already making a real difference to people right across regional NSW, with work commencing or underway in every local government area across regional NSW on more than 1,000 projects,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The NSW Government is investing record amounts to deliver the big picture infrastructure needed to stimulate economies and boost drought resilience, but we’re also backing community projects that make a big positive difference to everyday life.

“Creating Future Farmers is exactly the kind of project Stronger Country Community Fund round three was designed to deliver and I congratulate the Narrandera Shire Council on securing funding for this important project.”

The Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the $2 billion Regional Growth Fund, which together with the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund is delivering once-in-a-generation infrastructure that generates opportunities, investment and jobs.

For further information, go to www.nsw.gov.au/SCCF