Muswellbrook Shire Council has received a funding boost from the NSW Government for planned upgrades to the Olympic Park Precinct.
Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell announced the Olympic Park upgrades would receive a $486,992 boost for facilities improvements from Round Four of the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF).
Funding for a total of 17 projects was announced across the Upper Hunter electorate as part of the latest round of SCCF funding, and Mr Layzell said the projects would build upon the NSW Government's "vision to help make regional NSW the best place to live, work and visit".
"Across my electorate, we are going to see over $4 million invested in 11 council and six community group projects," Mr Layzell said.
"This builds on top of the $16.5 million this fund has already delivered for 72 projects, including upgrades at Singleton and Muswellbrook swimming pools plus improvements at Gloucester, Dungog and Merriwa showgrounds."
Muswellbrook Shire Council General Manager Fiona Plesman said the council was pleased with its successful application to Round Four of the SCCF.
"The Olympic Park project will receive a welcome boost with the $486,992 grant for new amenities while the second grant of $206,286 grant will go towards the construction of netball courts at Denman," Ms Plesman said.
"Muswellbrook's allocation of the $4M for 17 projects throughout the Upper Hunter electorate was $852,977 and included $104,118 for the Muswellbrook Pistol Club for safety improvements.
"The focus of Round Four of the SCCF program was to encourage more participation in sport by women and girls and upgrades to amenities and improvements to facilities certainly helps."
Other projects to receive funding the Muswellbrook LGA include a grant of $206,286 towards the Denman netball courts.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said that 435 projects across each of the state's 93 regional LGAs would receive funding in the latest round.
"About half of this latest $100 million round will deliver 189 female sporting projects, including the construction or upgrade of female changerooms, additional amenity blocks and bathrooms, and playing surfaces like netball and tennis courts," Mr Toole said.
NSW Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said the female sporting amenities projects backed by SCCF Round Four would make it easier for women and girls to be a part of their local sports team.
"Better facilities and support programs that encourage greater female participation at all levels and across all sporting codes will go a long way to levelling the playing field for women," Mrs Taylor said.
Seven of the Upper Hunter projects will assist women's sport in Dungog, Gresford, Muswellbrook, Scone, Singleton and Quirindi.
The Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the $2 billion Regional Growth Fund, which alongside the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund is delivering infrastructure and programs that generate opportunities, investment and jobs.