NSW Government Helping Regional Communities Develop New Ideas

Coolamon Shire Council have been successful in receiving over $586,000 for their Riverina Equine Business Case and Master Plan thanks to the NSW Government’s $24 million Regional NSW – Business Case and Strategy Development Fund.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the program will provide funding that will enable Coolamons Shire Council to engage experts to investigate new project ideas and assist with funding applications.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the Riverina Equine Business Case and Master Plan come to fruition along with the positive outcomes it will contribute to the region,” Ms Cooke said.

Coolamon Shire Council General Manager, Tony Donoghue said they are very excited about the potential this opportunity brings to Coolamon Shire and the wider region.

“A business case for the equine industry to expand on the existing facilities at the Coolamon Showground, MTC and CSU will give an economic boost to the region,” Mr Donoghue said.

“In particular the proposal to convert the Coolamon showground into a regional harness training precinct which will provide jobs and residential opportunities that complement and value add to the surrounding equine facilities.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the regions are bursting with people full of ideas with the potential to create jobs, boost economies, and attract investment.

“Any successful project starts with evidence-based planning and this program will help take great ideas and concepts a step closer to reality, benefiting entire communities,” Mr Toole said.

“This is about helping make business cases stand out and be more competitive, it will help break down project costs, outline how projects will benefit the community and identify any challenges that need to be met. For further information, go to www.nsw.gov.au/BusinessCaseFund

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