Deputy Premier and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has announced $239,651 from the NSW Government’s $25 million Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program for Lithgow community events.
Mr Toole said Lithgow Council was successful in securing funding for 14 community events in Lithgow. These events will appeal to a variety of different members of the community as the events all have a different approach and theme. Events will include street parades, live music, performances, children’s activities, educational programs, art exhibitions and more.
Paul Toole said the Community Events Program will support the state’s events and hospitality sectors while bolstering economic recovery.
“The past two years have been difficult, with many unpredictable events including floods, drought, bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, but we know NSW residents will come out the other side stronger and more resilient,” Mr Toole said.
“People have been disconnected from family and friends but now they’re getting out and about again, we want to see communities thriving and businesses benefitting from more local activities, events and opportunities in the regions.
“The NSW Nationals in Government are backing events that bring local communities together and this funding will help contribute to a sense of improved wellbeing and connectedness in 2022 and beyond.”
Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham said the program of events will be very valuable to the community both economically and socially.
“These events will provide our residents with an opportunity to reconnect as well as give the businesses and entertainment industry a boost,”
“We have some exciting events coming up very soon, such as the Lithgow Halloween festival plus many more events to be finalised and promoted soon.” said Mayor Statham.
The $25 million Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program is part of the $200 million Regional Recovery Package, designed to support economic and social recovery across regional NSW that will create new jobs and support community events, shows and festivals to boost tourism.
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