Call for bright ideas to light up community life

Planting the seed: A community garden could be one idea to revitalise or renew a local community under the My Community Project.
Planting the seed: A community garden could be one idea to revitalise or renew a local community under the My Community Project.

St George residents are being asked to submit their ideas for community projects that they believe will enhance their area.

Applications for the My Community Project (MCP) now open.

Funding of $24.4 million will be evenly split across NSW electorates and made available for projects valued between $20,000 and $200,000 that will make communities more liveable, cultural, accessible, safe, revitalised or healthy.

Oatley MP Mark Coure urged people in the St George area to get their applications in to enable each community to decide on the best projects to enhance their area.

"My Community Project gives you the chance to develop your great idea to revitalise or renew your community, whether that be through a community garden, a cultural fair, or a safe and inclusive playground," Mr Coure said.

"Through this program, locals can think about what their area needs and develop that idea with a project sponsor.

"Once we have the eligible project applications for each area, we will invite the community to get behind them by casting a vote online for the projects they like the most."

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the pilot program was established by the NSW Government as part of the 2018 Budget and is made possible by the NSW Generations Fund.

"The NSW Generations Fund is a sovereign fund that will be used to pay down debt, while also sharing the benefit of its returns with the people of NSW by providing funding to communities via local, citizen-led projects," Mr Perrottet said.

If you have a bright idea, now is the time to get started:

Step 1. Contact a sponsor to see if they'll support your project - it could be your council, school or a charity

Step 2. Complete Part One of the application form online and click 'submit' to send to your sponsor (remember to allow enough time for your sponsor to complete it).

Step 3. Have your sponsor complete Part Two of the application and submit the final version before 2.00pm on Wednesday, 15 May 2019.

Applicants and sponsors will be notified if their project progresses to the public vote.

To read the My Community Project guidelines, view a fact sheet or lodge an application, visit here

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