Accepting more than $160 million in grant funding at last night’s Ordinary Meeting, it seems like Camden Council has bagged the funding jackpot.

Mayor of Camden Therese Fedeli, said the funding accepted last night brings the grand total of funds awarded to Council since the beginning of the year to an unbelievable $171 million.

“It makes me so happy to know other levels of government and government agencies understand how important Camden is to the beautiful fabric that is Greater Sydney – and how vital it is that we continue to be able to deliver game-changing projects and improvements,” Cr Fedeli said.

The funding accepted last night included:

  • Almost $132 million awarded through the NSW Government’s WestInvest program, which will enable Council to deliver 11 transformational infrastructure projects;
  • $21.77 million under the third round of the Department of Planning and Environment’s Accelerated Infrastructure Fund. This funding will assist in progressing two projects within Leppington – Dickson Road and Woolgen Park Road;
  • $8,242,962 as part of the NSW Government’s Regional and Local Roads Repair Program (RLRRP), administered by Transport for NSW, which will help repair Council’s road network;
  • $500,000 through the NSW Government’s Female Friendly Community Sport Facilities and Lighting Upgrades Program. This funding will go towards for improvement works at Rotary Cowpasture Reserve;
  • $210,000 from the Department of Planning and Environment, to provide resources to assist with precinct planning in the South-West Growth Area;
  • $125,000 through the NSW Government’s Football Legacy Fund for field and drainage improvement works at Nugget Beames Reserve;
  • $20,000 as part of the Crown Lands Flood Recovery Program administered by the Department of Planning and Environment to perform road repairs at Camden Cemetery;
  • $12,500 from the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program to undertake conservation works of Elderslie Banksia Scrub Forest in Spring Farm and another $15,000 from the same program to undertake conservation works for Camden White Gum at six Council reserves; and
  • $1,660 through the NSW Government’s Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program 2022/23, which will fund the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator for the Narellan Sports Hub multi-purpose sports fields.

Cr Fedeli said that Council continues to be incredibly grateful to the NSW Government and other agencies for supporting it in delivering such key facilities and spaces.

“This funding builds on the solid foundation laid by our COVID-19 Community Support Program, which plugged more than $130 million into the community over four years, aimed at combatting the shocks that the pandemic brought to our community,” Cr Fedeli said.

This funding is in addition to what has already been accepted since the year began, which includes:

  • $6,409,049 as part of the fourth round of the Federal Government’s Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan – Local Roads Package. The funding will go towards upgrading Camden Valley Way and Hilder Street, where Council will reconstruct the existing intersection as a two-lane roundabout with modifications;
  • $950,000 as part of the Department Planning and Environment’s Greening our City Program, administered through LGNSW, to increase the tree canopy in the Camden area;
  • $368,811 as part of the Department of Planning and Environment’s 2022/23 Places to Roam Grant Program for Regional Trails, to support the development of the John Oxley Trail;
  • $200,000 under the Department Planning and Environment’s Metropolitan Greenspace Grant, to undertake Nepean River Corridor Study;
  • $100,000 through the Department of Communities and Justice’s Graffiti Management Grant, to undertake graffiti management and prevention works at Nugget Beams Reserve;
  • $59,663 through the NSW Government’s Creative Capital Funding Program for Minor Works and Equipment Round Two, to fund the replacement of the Grand Piano at the Camden Civic Centre;
  • $4,781 through the NSW Government’s Youth Week Grants Program to support the Camden Youth Week Program; and
  • $4,000 through the NSW Government’s Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Small Grants Program to support the Camden Swirls program.