Local residents to decide which My Community Project local electorate bids will receive government funding

HORSES: Guyra local Dan McLennan competing in the 2018 Guyra time piece campdraft. Photo: Donna Davidson.
HORSES: Guyra local Dan McLennan competing in the 2018 Guyra time piece campdraft. Photo: Donna Davidson.

The state government could fund three Guyra community projects - if locals vote for them.

Residents across the Northern Tablelands electorate can vote for projects they believe will most benefit their local area. The NSW Government's My Community Project program - paid for by the NSW Generations Fund - will fund projects the community chooses.

The Guyra Campdraft Club, the Guyra & District Historical Association, and the Guyra Junior Rugby League all seek funding.

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The Campdraft Club wants to maintain and apply sand at the Showground arena to ensure the safety and welfare of horse and riders.

The Historical Association wants to extend the Guyra Historical Museum to create additional display space, volunteer work areas and storage.

And the Junior Rugby League wants to construct an all-weather spectator grandstand at the Guyra Sporting Complex to encourage spectators to attend and participate in regular outdoor sporting events and other future stadium events.

Last week, Acting Treasurer Damien Tudehope encouraged communities to support their favourite submissions.

SPORT: The junior rugby league tag girls. Photo: Ellen Dunger.

SPORT: The junior rugby league tag girls. Photo: Ellen Dunger.

Voting opened on Monday, and residents can vote online for three to five of 43 nominated projects across the Northern Tablelands electorate - including the three in Guyra.

Grants of between $20,000 and $200,000 are available in each electorate.

Voting concludes on August 15; successful projects will be announced from September.

"My Community Project is an innovative program that puts decision-making in the hands of community members," Mr Tudehope said.

"We asked people to think about what their community needs, develop those ideas with a sponsor, and then tell us how funding could turn that concept into reality.

"People have put a lot of work into their applications, so I'd encourage everyone to have their say, and pick their preferences from the list of projects in their area."

More than 1,500 project ideas had been submitted across 93 electorates.

HISTORY: Guyra & District Historical Museum president Martha Weiderman and Nancy Herford with one of the museum's latest acquisitions, in April. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

HISTORY: Guyra & District Historical Museum president Martha Weiderman and Nancy Herford with one of the museum's latest acquisitions, in April. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

"Voting is easy," Mr Tudehope said. "All you need is your Medicare card and a free MyServiceNSW account, which also provides quick and easy access to a wide range of NSW Government services, such as the CTP Green Slip refund for eligible policyholders.

"If you prefer face-to-face support, you can also pop down to the local Service NSW centre, where staff can help you cast your vote at digital kiosks."

While the campaign could be seen as a drive to increase MyGov registration numbers, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said it was an opportunity for residents to have a direct say about which projects should be delivered in their local community.

"My Community Project is a great example of real grassroots democracy in action," Mr Perrottet said. "It asked people to think about things their community needs, develop those ideas with a sponsor, and tell us how funding could turn that concept into reality."