MP Leslie Williams announces 2016 Community Building Partnership grant recipients

Community benefit: Raymond Gouck from Hastings District Respite Care, Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams MP and John Carroll from Meals on Wheels Mid North Coast know the value of  Community Building Partnership grants.

Community benefit: Raymond Gouck from Hastings District Respite Care, Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams MP and John Carroll from Meals on Wheels Mid North Coast know the value of Community Building Partnership grants.

TWENTY six organisations across the Port Macquarie electorate have shared in $300,000 through a state government program.

Among the Community Building Partnership recipients is Meals on Wheels Mid North Coast with $15,000 for a mobile freezer trailer.

The 2016 grant follows an earlier $30,000 Community Building Partnership grant to the organisation for a mobile freezer unit.

It is used to transport meals between branches.

Meals on Wheels Mid North Coast chief executive officer John Carroll said the mobile freezer unit was used to capacity.

The 2016 grant will buy a mobile freezer trailer.

“It’s to add capacity so we can do more transporting of meals around the region,” Mr Carroll said.

“It’s allowing us to expand the range of services we offer.”

Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams said the Community Building Partnerships grants directly benefited our community, often creating jobs and increasing business opportunities, while at the same time enhancing investment in the Port Macquarie electorate.

“I am delighted to announce that grants have been approved for a variety of projects across the electorate ranging from $3000 for the Harrington Men’s Shed to $15,000 for the Lions Club of Tacking Point,” she said.

Mrs Williams congratulated the organisations and wished them well with the projects.

Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse will receive $12,468 for solar panel installation.

The solar panels are expected to save about $5000 a year on electricity costs.

Long-term asset: Solar Bright Port Macquarie sales manager Craig King and Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse director Rob Moorehead plan for the solar panel installation.

Long-term asset: Solar Bright Port Macquarie sales manager Craig King and Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse director Rob Moorehead plan for the solar panel installation.

Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse director Rob Moorehead said the solar panels would be a long-term asset.

He said the clubhouse still had no direct state or federal operational grant funding, so a saving in electricity was huge.

Solar Bright will provide the solar panels and install the 40-panel system at Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse.

Projects to receive Community Building Partnership funding in Port Macquarie include:

* $5,000 – Life Education NSW Limited for their Touch Screen Learning Scheme

* $11,850 – Port Macquarie Community Preschool towards a new awning and patio

* $15,000 – Lions Club of Tacking Point to supply specialist play equipment for the Paediatric Children’s Ward at Port Macquarie Base Hospital

* $10,239 – Port Macquarie Pistol Club to replace range roofing

* $12,468 – Endeavour Clubhouse for solar panel installation

* $6,640 – The Honour Christian Church to buy fans for the seniors’ exercise area

* $6,000 – Marine Rescue Port Macquarie to paint the Marine Rescue office and boatshed building

* $13,503 – Hastings District Respite Care to install solar panels

* $15,000 – Meals on Wheels Mid North Coast for a mobile freezer trailer

* $13,666 – Port Macquarie Community Preschool to upgrade their playground

* $19,750 – Lord Howe Island Co-op to upgrade the food storage and preparation area

The 2017 round of CBP applications will open in June.

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