Applications now open for funding

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council mayor, Peta Pinson.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council mayor, Peta Pinson.

Late last year I had the pleasure of presenting over $100,000 in grants to 24 local not-for-profit organisations and community groups from across our region, and it’s time to do it all again.

Having had the opportunity to meet the recipients of the Council Grants Program and listen to their stories and challenges, I’ve seen firsthand how much these grants make a real difference within our community.

From creating events that celebrate our rich local heritage, to building a program that helps bring members of our community closer together, there’s a category for everyone, and now’s the time to think about how a Council grant can help you.

So call a meeting, put your thinking caps on and get cracking on an application, and if you need any help along the way, Council’s Grants Coordinator Paul Koch can answer any questions on 6581 8111.

Good luck everyone.

 For more information about how to apply for a council grant and the categories, visit

Bowling for a cause

The 12th Annual Mayor’s Sporting Fund Bowls Challenge is coming up, with registrations open for teams to compete for the coveted title on Friday, March 23 at Port City Bowling Club.

The afternoon of fun is open to all, from beginners to bowling die-hards and is a great opportunity for businesses and individuals to enjoy a fun day on the greens, whilst raising funds for our up and coming local sports stars.

The action gets rolling from 12pm, with bowling beginning at 1pm.

Great prizes are up for grabs in a number of novelty events including best dressed team, best looking toes and fanciest feet.

A team of 4 players is $120 and registrations close Tuesday, March 20.

It’s going to be great fun for a great cause, so pull out the fancy dress, paint those toes and register your team at


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