Preschools, senior citizens, community halls and animal welfare organisations are among the nine organisations benefiting from over $12,000 from Tweed Shire Council this week.
Council’s donations policy helps non-profit community groups, organisations and individuals who are interested in and are working towards the enhancement and the wellbeing of its residents and the Tweed.
Tweed mayor Barry Longland, who handed out the donation cheques on Wednesday, said the Tweed was ‘blessed with many committed and hard-working volunteers who donate their time and energy to support and enhance the lives of others’.
‘I really enjoy handing out these cheques twice a year on behalf of Council, as I have the opportunity to hear the wonderful ways these groups intend to help others through these funds,’ Cr Longland said.
‘For instance, the Kunghur Community Preschool will be using their money to upgrade their playground, while the Tyalgum Community Hall will be able to replace electrical wiring and their supper room.
‘Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Kingscliff will use their funds for the preparations for the Rotary Duck and Paddle Race on Cudgen Creek, which is coming up on Sunday, 20 October,’ he said.
The successful applicants were: Rotary Club of Kingscliff $1,500; Friends of the Pound (Tweed) $1,000; Story Dogs $1,500; Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre $1,000; Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra $2,000; Tyalgum Community Hall Association $1,500; Kunghur Community Preschool $1,380; Tweed Shire Vacation Care $1,500; Uki Public School P&C After Hours School Care $1,200.
Council has $25,750 allocated in the 2013–2014 budget for donations, with the balance of funds of $13,170 available for allocation in the second round, applications for which will close on 28 February next year and will be advertised in Council’s weekly newsletter.
To apply, look under the Community tab on Council’s website www.tweed.nsw.gov.au.