The NSW State Government is currently considering a funding bid from Hilltops Council, aimed at securing $3.4 million in financial support for a total of 14 local community projects around the region.

General Manager Anthony McMahon said the application is part of the Council’s broad and long-term strategy to grow and enhance the area well into the future.

“Hilltops Council is continuing its region-building agenda with a funding application for a variety of local projects – spread across the entire Hilltops Council district – under the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund program,” General Manager Anthony McMahon said.

Mr McMahon said Council sought community feedback as part of the application process.

“After Council’s extensive consultation with residents on the recently allocated Stronger Communities Fund, we received valuable community input that assisted in guiding priorities for this grant submission,” Mr McMahon said.

“We also invited direct submissions on project proposals from the community during the public promotion of the program, that we were able to undertake during the relatively short submission period available.  This feedback was then incorporated into Council’s final funding application, which helped ensure our bid was as robust as possible.

“Assessment timeframes and processes around these sorts of programs vary, but we’re hopeful of hearing from the State Government relatively soon on how successful our application has been.

“We are currently seeing unprecedented investment in Regional NSW by the State Government and it is critical that as a council and community, we work together to get as much funding for our area as possible, in order to strategically develop the infrastructure needed to future-proof our growing region,” he said.

Council’s Stronger Country Communities Fund application includes the following projects:

  • Young sporting fields and recreational areas shared pathway.
  • Harden-Murrumburrah Museum access linkages and building refurbishments.
  • Boorowa Showground pathway connectivity and jockey rooms.
  • Upgraded public toilets for the Young Arts & Cultural precinct.
  • Harden-Murrumburrah Visitor Information Centre.
  • Boorowa Recreation Park: amenities upgrade, lighting improvements, cricket oval fencing replacement and disability-access play equipment.
  • Young Rugby League amenities refurbishment.
  • ‘Bill the Bastard’ war horse statue precinct.
  • ‘Bill the Bastard’ bronzing project.
  • Murrumburrah Showground linkage.
  • Demolition of Monteagle Community Hall and construction of new, larger hall.

A description of each individual project is available on Council’s website:


Media contacts:

Anthony McMahon, General Manager Hilltops Council – 02 6380 1200