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Ms Smith said a total of 19 community projects will benefit from through the 2020 Community Building Partnership Program.

‘These funds will deliver much-needed improvements to local facilities in the Ballina Electorate across charities and small community organisations who through Covid-19 have struggled to undertake their usual fundraising activities.

This grassroots funding will directly help to create a more vibrant and inclusive local community with positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes

‘This is fantastic news for the residents of Byron and Ballina shires. This grassroots funding will directly help to create a more vibrant and inclusive local community with positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes.

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

Janelle Saffin MP said that 25 worthy projects will benefit from the Lismore are $300,000.

Ms Saffin said phoning representatives of community groups to notify them of their success in this extremely popular small grants program was one of the more pleasurable tasks she had to perform each year.

Ms Saffin repeated her calls for the NSW Government to at least double the CBPP allocation for each electorate from $300,000 to $600,000 or $1 million to fund more community infrastructure projects

However, Ms Saffin repeated her calls for the NSW Government to at least double the CBPP allocation for each electorate from $300,000 to $600,000 or $1 million to fund more community infrastructure projects as the Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m sure all MPs struggle with the assessment process when they have to rank a large number of very worthwhile projects for an available funding pool which is over-subscribed. An independent panel also assesses all applications against strict criteria.

“I am looking forward to inspecting all of the 2020 projects as they are completed across my electorate and I will publicise the 2021 program when applications open early next year.


Successful projects in 2020 for Ballina include:

The Northcott Society – Access ramp and shade-sail supporting people with disability in Ballina, $4,500

Island Quarry Association Inc. (iQ Inc.) iQ Reserve Office/Meeting/Workshop Shed, $16,680

Bundjalung Tribal Society Ltd, Namabunda Community Farm Project, $29,195

Byron Bay Cricket Club Inc. Upgrade cricket facilities at the Cavanbah Centre, $13,520

Lennox Head Community Sports and Recreation Club Ltd – Install disability friendly doors at main entrances to club $30,000

Byron Youth Service Inc. Upgrade of Byron Youth Activity Centre (YAC) antiquated security, $13,809

The Salvation Army (NSW) Property Trust, Salvation Army Ballina Corps Bathroom and facilities upgrade, $10,000

Byron Bay Community Association (Byron Community Centre – BCC), Internal refurbishment of the Byron Community Centre $18,445

Ballina Christian Education Association Ltd, RCC Community Hub, $26,700

U3A Ballina/Byron Inc. Air-conditioning for meeting space, $9,000

Alstonville Agricultural Society Inc.,Planting trees for shade and new awnings over amenities entrances, $7,200

Alstonville and District Football Club, Disabled Access, $25,000

St VIncent de Paul Society NSW, Ballina Solar Project, $18,000

Alstonville Croquet Club Inc. Fit out for new clubhouse constructed under CBP18-0699, $15,611

Scout Association of Australia NSW Branch, Alstonville Scout Hall upgrade, $17,970

Namatjira Haven Ltd, Namatjira Haven Solar Power Sustainability Project, $5,000

Riding for the Disabled Association NSW, Defibrillator for Riding for the Disabled Ballina, $2,500

Newrybar Public School P&C, Bubbler and water bottle refill replacement, $10,000

Lennox Head Lions Club Inc., Storage Shed for Community BBQ Trailer, $26,865

Successful projects in 2020 for Lismore include:

Gungyah Ngallingnee Aboriginal Corporation, near Tabulam – Jubullum Jarjums children’s and family play area, $37,124.

Lismore Tennis Club Incorporated – Court lighting and electrical upgrade, $20,999.

Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) Lismore – Sports hall lighting replacement/upgrade, $20,072.

Murwillumbah Showground Land Manager – Refurbish 100-year-old main food venue at Murwillumbah Showground, $20,000.

Lismore Basketball Association Incorporated – Retaining wall to secure stadium, $16,257.

Sunnyside Hall Management Committee Incorporated, Tenterfield Shire – Amenities upgrade, $15,000.

Murwillumbah Rural Fire Brigade – Electronic sign for bushfire warnings and other essential information, $15,000.

Murwillumbah Community Centre Incorporated – Repair and expansion of the Murwillumbah Community Food HUB, $14,241.

Mallanganee Memorial Hall – Provide trades services for completion of kitchen renovation, $14,000.

Murwillumbah Theatre Company Incorporated – Painting; electrical work; construction/installation of workbenches and props/costume storage, $14,000.

Murwillumbah Rowing Club Incorporated – Renovate club bathroom facilities, $12,400.

Urbenville & District Bowling Club Limited – Cool comfort for everyone, $11,750.

St John Ambulance Australia (NSW) – St John Ambulance Lismore stretcher, $11,499.

Tyalgum District Community Association Incorporated – Enhancement of Tyalgum’s social tennis court to support community participation, $11,284.

Northern NSW Helicopter Rescue Service Limited – Engineering work stands, $10,249.

Far North Coast NSW Table Tennis Association Incorporated – Facility enhancement for aged and disabled participants, $10,108.

Tenterfield Poultry Club Incorporated – Replace damaged building stumps, $10,000.

Tweed Valley Mountain Bike Riders – Towards establishing a mountain bike facility, $7500.

Kyogle Bowling Club Limited – Install new electricity board, $6463.

Uki Sport and Recreation Club Incorporated – Storage area, $5000.

The Corporate Trustees of the Diocese of Armidale for Tenterfield Shire project – Torrington All Saints Church restoration, $4582.

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW – Solar panels for Gunellabah clothes sorting centre, $4255.

Jiggi School of Arts Incorporated – Refurbishment of hall toilets to NSW and Australian standards, $3100.

Friends of the Pound (Tweed) Incorporated – Air-conditioning installation at its Murwillumbah South facility, $2617.

Riding for the Disabled Association NSW – Defibrillator for Riding for the Disabled Tweed Valley, $2500.


Applications for the 2021 Program open in early 2021. For more information about the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program, visit www.nsw.gov.au/cbp.

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