09 Oct 2023

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward said that local schools, community groups, sports clubs and charities will have fewer funding opportunities with conformation that the NSW Labor Government has cut back the popular Community Building Partnerships Program.

Mr Ward has today condemned the Minns Labor Government for cutting more than $9 million from the program.

“This is just mean. What’s worse, it’s a program Labor established the last time they were in government, so they can’t blame the former Coalition Government for this one,” Mr Ward said.

“So many community groups benefit from this program that previously saw each NSW State Electorate receive $400,000 each.

“So many local community groups will either do it tougher or miss out entirely as a result of yet another mean Minns Labor Government cut.

“This mean-spirited decision by Labor and Mean Minns also comes on top of cost-of-living pressures and other recent cuts made by the Minns Labor Government including cutting the Regional Seniors Travel Card, slashing the Active Kids Rebate, slashing the First Lap swim vouchers and slashing the Regional Tourism Development and Events Fund.

“This latest decision is a complete kick in the guts for local communities,” Mr Ward concluded.