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Govt splashes cash on community groups before Xmas

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Around half a million dollars of state government cash is about to be handed out to community organisations in the Ballina and Lismore electorates, with the announcement sure to be a welcome Xmas present for the lucky winners.

The grant funding comes from the NSW Government’s 2017 Community Building Partnership program which will aims to ‘create more vibrant and inclusive communities and deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes,’ according to the media release trumpeting the handouts.

The government largesse totals $300,000 towards the upgrading and construction of community infrastructure in each of the two state electorates.

Successful projects in the Ballina electorate include:

$20,000 for Riding for the Disabled Association (NSW) for a machinery and office administration shed, slab construction and installation and electrical fit out.
$20,100 for the construction of a new building to accommodate the headquarters of Mullumbimby Men’s Shed located at Mullumbimby Community Gardens.
$15,705 for Byron Youth Service refurbishments
$20,000 for the Lennox Head Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club for a Lennox Surf Club Facility upgrade.
$21,000 for the Ballina Tennis Club for a clubhouse extension with amenities upgrade and disabled facility.
$24,000 to Ballina Shire Meals on Wheels Inc to increase safety and accessibility by renovating, repairing and refurbishing facilities.

Successful projects in the Lismore electorate include:

Murwillumbah Rowing Club for new decking and shade structure.
Tyalgum Community Hall Association to renovate their kitchen.
Tweed Valley Woodcraft Association to line and insulate their clubroom.
Tweed Valley Rural & Community Advancement Cooperative for a shed and rainwater tank at their community garden.
Murwillumbah Scouts for repairs to their hall

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) said she was ‘delighted to have been able to prioritise so many worthy projects in our community that will create more vibrant and inclusive communities and deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes.

‘This grassroots funding will directly benefit our community and will deliver new infrastructure for schools and community groups, and will help pay for much-needed improvements to sports clubs, community halls and local facilities.

‘I congratulate all those organisations that were successful in their application and I am pleased this funding will help community groups make a positive difference in the local area’ Ms Smith said.

Lismore MP Thomas George (Natonals) said that ‘building and restoring local infrastructure as well as supporting local construction jobs and businesses are a welcome boost in enhancing local investment in our community,’.

‘This grassroots funding will directly benefit our community and will deliver new infrastructure for schools and community groups, and will help pay for much-needed improvements.

‘There was strong competition for the available funds and a high level of interest from the community.

‘I look forward to seeing the benefits to our communities as projects are undertaken and put into use across the Lismore electorate,’ Mr George said.


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