Purchasing essential medical equipment, new toilet facilities and a boardwalk upgrade are just some of the projects community groups will undertake after the latest round of the NSW Government's 2021 Community Building Partnership Program.
Local organisations across the Port Macquarie-Hastings have secured almost $400,000 in funding for a total of 28 projects.
The St Vincent De Paul Society Port Macquarie Branch received $20,000 to install solar panels at their Community Centre.
"These solar panels will allow us to run the air conditioner for our volunteers who sort donated clothing and items in the centre," president of the Port Macquarie St Vincent De Paul Branch Christine Coorey said.
Chairperson of the Mid North Coast Fire Restoration Group Donald Davidson said the funding they received will go towards building an accessible unisex toilet for their new Mid North Coast Fire Museum.
"The $10,000 will help us build a toilet for the site. Our new museum will have all of the local firefighting history and having an accessible toilet will make it easier for people to visit the museum," he said.
Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said the State Government funds will help deliver much-needed improvements to local facilities.
"This is fantastic news for our area," she said.
"This grassroots funding will directly help create a more vibrant and inclusive local community with positive social, environmental, and recreational outcomes.
Mrs Williams congratulated all of the organisations that were successful in their application at a morning tea on Monday (November 22).
"I look forward to seeing how these projects make a real difference for community groups in the area."
The full list of successful applicants and projects in the Port Macquarie electorate are:
- Surf Life Saving Mid North Coast - $8,000 to purchase a box trailer to transport emergency equipment
- Mid North Coast Maritime Museum - $33,748 for security fencing as well as installation of disabled toilets and kitchenette plumbing
- Sailability - $6,000 to purchase a new sailing dinghy
- Riding for the Disabled - $5,320 for the installation of a shade awning
- Mid North Coast Fire Restoration Group - $10,000 to build an accessible unisex toilet
- Herons Creek Public School P&C Group - $17,512 to install sunsafe seating
- Friends of Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park - $15,000 to upgrade 50 metres of boardwalk
- Careflight - $10,400 for essential medical equipment for patient transport
- Upper Lansdowne Memorial Hall - $14,725 to replace rotten frames and cladding
- United Hospital Auxiliary Camden Haven Branch - $12,900 to replace worn flooring
- St Vincent De Paul Society - $20,000 to install solar panels at the Community Centre
- Port Macquarie Aspect School - $10,000 for classroom repairs
- Hastings River District Junior Cricket - $5,040 to purchase a new cylinder mower
- Port Macquarie Community Garden - $5,000 to replace wooden garden beds
- ACES Inc - $15,500 to refurbish the aqua therapy pool
- Hastings Valley Motor Cycle Club - $40,000 to replace three amenities blocks
- Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club - $6,800 to provide power to an amateur radio repeater site at Telegraph Point
- Uniting - $9,471 to install two shade sails at social and affordable housing units
- Liberty Domestic and Family Violence Specialists Services - $5,600 to install solar panels
- Johns River Community Hall and Reserve - $12,999 to build a safe and secure storage shed to house a ride-on mower
- Harrington Lions Club - $9,842 to repair and repaint 13 timber bollards
- Moorland Public School P&C - $15,000 to build a roof over the sandpit
- Gowrie NSW - $13,000 to install a kitchenette
- Hastings Valley Mountain Bike Riders - $17,160 to build a new safe creek crossing bridge
- Port Macquarie Sporting Shooters - $39,000 to build a disabled access toilet and shower block
- Lorne Rural Fire Service - $15,000 to fit-out and line of station shed
- Port Macquarie Hastings Legacy - $15,000 to re-tile roofing of three units
The Community Building Partnership program has funded more than 16,000 community projects since it began in 2009.
In 2022, there will be another $400,000 to allocate in each electorate. Applications will open for the 2022 program early next year.
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