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$330,000 for community groups in Ballina electorate

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Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) today announced the electorate of Ballina has secured $330,000 in funding for a total of 19 projects through the NSW Government’s 2018 Community Building Partnership Program.

Ms Smith said the State government funds will ‘deliver much-needed improvements to local facilities including an outdoor space supporting people with a disability in Ballina, the repair and refurbishment of the Mullumbimby Gateway, a computer systems upgrade for the Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre, and weather protection for a children’s play area at Alstonville Public School’.

‘This is fantastic news for our region, this grassroots funding will directly help to create a more vibrant and inclusive local community with positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes,’ Ms Smith said.

‘I congratulate all the organisations that were successful in their application and look forward to seeing how these projects make a real difference for community groups in the area.’

The Community Building Partnership program has funded some 13,800 community projects since it commenced nearly a decade ago.

Projects funded

Ewingsdale Community Hall and Progress Association Inc.  Ewingsdale Hall Upgrade and Sign $7,500 
The Northcott Society  Therapy and Outdoor Space Supporting People With Disability in Ballina $15,000 
Byron Bay High School P & C Assoc.  CAPAL Outdoor Learning Space $30,000 
The Scouts Association of Australia NSW Branch  Repair and Renovate Alstonville Scout Hall $6,000 
Tuckombil Landcare Inc.  Teven Memorial Park Development and Extension $8,000 
Brunswick Heads Public School P & C Assoc.  Construction of Outdoor Classroom and Community Space: The Green Room $9,095 
Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers Inc.  Flying Fox Release Aviary $12,000 
Alstonville Primary School P & C Assoc.  Weather Protection for Children’s Lower Play Area $32,369 
The Scouts Association of Australia NSW Branch  Construction of Dividing Wall, Privacy Memorabilia Wall and Shelving $7,000 
Alstonville Croquet Club Inc.  Establishing a Clubhouse $20,000 
Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club Inc.  Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club – Kitchen Refurbishment $80,000 
Brunswick Heads Tennis Club Inc.  Clubhouse Roof Replacement and Extension $10,000 
Richmond Valley Woodcrafters Club Inc.  Purchase Lucas Mobile Saw Mill Model 6-18, Ancillary Equipment Plant $20,000 
Surf Life Saving Far North Coast Branch Inc.  New All-Terrain Vehicle – Shelley Beach $18,700 
Ocean Shores Preschool Inc.  Painting Internal and External $8,000 
Mullumbimby Gateway Association Inc.  The Mullumbimby Gateway – Repair, Refurbish and Renew $6,000 
Ballina Outrigger Canoe Club  B.O.A.S.T. (Ballina Outrigger Athletic Senior Tribe) $20,000 
Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce Inc.  Computer Systems Upgrade For The Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre $10,796 
Byron Bay Community Association Inc.  The Coffee Box – An Innovative and Inspiring NFP Social Enterprise $9,540 
TOTAL  $330,000


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