Kyogle Council will receive $300,000 to help to the community bounce back from floods and COVID-19 through the NSW Government’s Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program.

Minister for the Arts, Regional Youth and Local MLC Ben Franklin said Kyogle Council was successful in securing funding to help community groups host 20 events across the eight villages of Kyogle LGA.

“These events will be community led and driven and will promote local artisans, community groups and businesses. This will stimulate the economic and social recovery of Kyogle and surrounds after serious flooding and COVID-19,” Mr Franklin said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the Community Events Program will support the state’s events and hospitality sectors while bolstering economic recovery.

“The past two years have been difficult, with many unpredictable events including floods, drought, bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, but we know NSW residents will come out the other side stronger and more resilient,” Mr Toole said.

“People have been disconnected from family and friends but now they’re getting out and about again. We want to see communities thriving and businesses benefitting from more local activities, events and opportunities in the regions.

“The NSW Nationals in Government are backing events that bring local communities together and this funding will help contribute to a sense of improved wellbeing and connectedness in 2022 and beyond.”

Kyogle Council Mayor Kylie Thomas said this will be a huge boost for Kyogle and the surrounding towns.

“It’s fantastic opportunity to bring the community back together. This just shows the enthusiastic outlook to the future that each village and community group shows no matter what we’ve gone through,” said Mayor Thomas.

The $25 million Reconnecting Regional NSW Community Events Program is part of the $200 million Regional Recovery Package, designed to support economic and

social recovery across regional NSW that will create new jobs and support community events, shows and festivals to boost tourism.

Events include:

  • Bonalbo DogFest – Bonalbo Showground – January – March 2023
  • Bonalbo Summer Fun 2 – Bonalbo Hall – October – December 2022
  • Urbenville Rejuvenation – Urbenville Bowling Club & Urbenville Showground – January – March 2023
  • Woodenbong Community Flood Recovery Celebration – Woodenbong Show Ground -January – March 2023
  • Music on the Green – 102 Summerland Way, New Park – January – March 2023
  • Exit Laughing – 1 Stratheden St, Kyogle – October – December 2022
  • Festival of Small Hall Resilience Tour – Collins Creek Rd, Collins Creek – July – September 2022
  • Vintage Drag in Mint – A night with Stan Munro – Stratheden St, Kyogle – October – December 2022
  • Hanging Rocks Got Talent & Kids Festival – Dia de los Muertos – Williams Rd, Wadeville – October – December 2022
  • Battle of Romaney Festival – Tabulam Hall, Barnes street Tabulam – July – September 2022
  • Wiangaree Campdraft & Rodeo – Wiangaree Sports Oval – July – September 2022
  • Bonalbo Floral Display – Bonalbo Hall – July – September 2022
  • Kyogle Community Christmas Celebrations – Kyogle, Summerland Way & Stratheden street – October – December 2022
  • International Mens & Womens Days – Kyogle – October – December 2022
  • Ettrick Young at Heart Muster, Community Muster & Guest speaker Events – Ettrick Hall, Ettrick Road, Ettrick 2474 – January – March 2023
  • Mallagnanee Fun & Laughter, Art & Music Events – Mallagnganee Hall, Sandilands Street, Mallanganee 2469 – October – December 2022
  • West of the Range Music Festival – Mallanganee Hall, Tabulam Hall, Bonalbo Hall – October – December 2022
  • Woodenbong Volunteer Community Festival – Woodenbong community Hall -January – March 2023
  • Kyogle Feature Golfing Event – Kyogle Golf Club – January – March 2023

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