PUBLIC reserve managers in the Clarence and Richmond Valleys are invited to apply for a share of $15 million available under the NSW Government's Public Reserves Management Fund Program (PRFM) to help improve and develop more public spaces.

Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis said the annual program of grants and loans from the NSW Government assists public reserve managers to develop, maintain and protect important public assets including showgrounds and community halls, local parks and reserves and caravan parks.

Fond memories with public reserves

"Whether it's having the day out at an event at your local showground, taking your kids to the local park or using the local community hall for a party, we all rely on these public spaces and have many fond memories using them," Mr Gulaptis said.

"We have some terrific public spaces in the Clarence and Richmond valleys and we want to make sure these important assets are up to scratch for years to come.

Strengthens local communities

"Importantly, the program also supports regional economic growth in NSW, strengthens local communities and helps to protect our natural environment."

Managers have five weeks to apply with applications closing on April 8.

The 2016/17 funding program comprises a single round of applications open to all activities on Crown reserves, including repairs and maintenance, pest and weed control, recreational infrastructure, environmental initiatives and new facilities on Crown reserves.

Crown reserve holiday parks, local parks and reserves, state parks and showgrounds on Crown land will be eligible for funding, along with freehold showgrounds and schools of arts.

Competitive funding requests

"Demand for funding is highly competitive - last year more than 700 applications were received," Mr Gulaptis said.

"The NSW Government is looking for projects that provide a genuine public benefit to the Crown reserves enjoyed by communities across the State.

"Over the last five years, more than $95 million has been allocated by the NSW Government under this annual funding program to provide financial support for the development, maintenance and protection of Crown reserves.

"This program is just one example of the NSW Government's commitment to the cultural, sporting, economic and recreational life of communities across our State."

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