Official Media Release

$1,935,630 Funding for Upper Hunter Community Projects


Michael Johnsen, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that the Upper Hunter Electorate has received $1,935,360 in funding to breathe life into local community projects as part of the NSW Government’s $200 million Stronger Country Communities fund.

Mr Johnsen said the government’s significant investment in will provide residents with improved facilities the whole region can enjoy.

“This is fantastic news for Upper Hunter,” Mr Johnsen said.

“Our community has been calling out for upgrades to local facilities and I’m thrilled these can now be carried out.

“Stronger Country Communities funding is an investment in local infrastructure to improve the lives of residents and enhance the attractiveness of our region – this funding will help us do exactly that,” Mr Johnsen said.

Upper Hunter Electorate projects to be funded under Stronger Country Communities include:


Dungog Shire Council John Tucker Park Paterson $690,000
Muswellbrook Shire Council Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre water activity park and indoor play area $1,000,000
Upper Hunter Shire Council Upper Hunter Shire Playground Upgrades $106,350
Upper Hunter Shire Council White Park Equestrian Centre Grandstand Seating $139,280

Mr Johnsen said the Nationals in Government are committed to supporting regional communities and their crucial infrastructure.

“The Stronger Country Communities fund is a once-in-a-generation investment and it will provide regional towns with the infrastructure they deserve,” Mr Barilaro said.

The Stronger Country Communities fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to improve economic growth and productivity with investment in regional communities.

Applications for Round Two of funding will open in March 2018 and further details can be found at