Gurmesh Singh MP


Coffs Harbour’s much-loved Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) will benefit from $149,250 in NSW Government funding under Round Five of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh congratulates Blacklight Collective Inc on their successful funding application for the SWIFF: Community Engagement, Inclusion, Industry & Vibrancy Upgrade.

“Thanks to this significant funding, SWIFF will be able to begin the next step of its journey in becoming the next signature festival in regional NSW,” Mr Singh said.

“SWIFF’s annual 16-day festival is the largest regional film festival in NSW, with over 10,000 attendees annually.

“With this funding, the talented team will advance the festival’s vibrancy, develop signature events, destination reach, accessibility, community cohesion and wellbeing.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said in the past five years the Stronger Country Communities Fund had delivered more than 2000 grassroots projects, benefitting every Local Government Area in regional NSW.

“We all know how important it is for communities to have great places to come together to build social connections and boost their wellbeing through sport or community events,” Mr Toole said.

“It’s the little things that make a big difference to the way we all work, live, play and do business, and the NSW Liberals and Nationals in Government are delivering the projects that make a difference to everyday life right across regional NSW.”

Round Five of the Stronger Country Communities Fund will support local community and sporting infrastructure projects, street beautification, public programs and events that display the best of local character and community spirit.

The Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $3.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services and community infrastructure in the regions.