Community groups get $400k

COFFS Coast community groups can now get their hands on a $400,000 kitty for infrastructure projects.

The State Government’s $35 million Community Building Partnership has been extended for another year due to increased demand for the funding.

All the local groups need to do is to apply for the funding through their local MP or by visiting

Submissions open on June 15 and close on July 23. The program is open to community groups, not-for-profit organisations, non-government organisations and local councils.

For instance, a community group which has started raising funds for the refurbishment of their hall can apply under the partnership for funding to finish the rest.

The arrangement allows the project to be finished faster.

“This partnership allows us to build for the future of Coffs Harbour and is an important investment into local infrastructure projects,” said Labor Member of the legislative Council Christine Robertson.

“We get the chance to invest a further $400,000 into local projects over the coming year and build more worthwhile community infrastructure.

“This partnership is delivering important projects in the local community and extending it by a further year allows even more local infrastructure to be delivered to the benefit of the entire community.”

The Government last year funded the following projects in our region under the program:

• $25,000 for Coffs Harbour Preschool Association’s outdoor education facilities;

• $300,000 for Coffs Harbour Technology Park’s Coffs Harbour Innovation Centre expansion;

• $45,000 for Sawtell-Toormina Sport and Recreation Club’s refurbishment of a multi-purpose room; and

• $29,000 for Urunga Surf Club.

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