Camden has secured grants from the NSW Government for two initiatives: the Saving our Species (SoS) program and the Open Streets Program, aimed at fostering community growth and environmental conservation.

Expressing her gratitude for the NSW Government’s support, Mayor of Camden Ashleigh Cagney said, “The funding allows Camden to expand upon our already successful programs and to ensure they prosper and maintain their place within the community.”

The Open Streets Program, which aims to revitalize local streets to benefit businesses, artists, and the community, has awarded Camden $140,000.

This funding will enhance Camden’s annual Christmas Festival by extending the event, increasing free activities, expanding performance areas, and incorporating arts and cultural spaces along John Street, linking the event to the Alan Baker Art Gallery and Camden Library.

The SoS program, managed by the NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW), focuses on conserving threatened species in the wild in NSW.

Camden will receive $12,500 from the program to continue conservation efforts, particularly in weed control and rubbish removal on Council-owned land.