Young tennis tyro Lily Pade practising at the Westside tennis courts.
Young tennis tyro Lily Pade practising at the Westside tennis courts.

Community centres to receive $122k

DAVID Quinn, the Labor candidate for Coffs Harbour in the March State election, has welcomed the announcement of almost $122,000 in environmental funding to Coffs Harbour community centres.

The money from the Climate Change Fund, is designed to help community groups, sporting bodies and charities become more water and energy efficient and was announced by the Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Frank Sartor.

“It’s terrific to see $40,000 in funding go to Westside Tennis Club, $32,500 go to Sawtell Bowling and Recreation Club, and $22,967 go to Sportz Central Management Committee,” Mr Quinn said.

“Gumnut Cottage will also receive $16,271, along with $10,000 to Brayside Community Preschool to help the Coffs Harbour community become more energy efficient.

“The NSW Government is helping not-for-profit organisations spend less of their limited budgets on bills and more on services.

“By demonstrating simple and practical ways we can all save water and energy, these projects have a crucial multiplier effect to encourage further savings among the facility users.”

The project is one of 164 water and energy upgrades to secure

$3.6 million funding from the NSW Climate Change Fund’s Community Savers program.

Dorrigo RSL and Community Club also received $17,458 to undertake a water and efficiency upgrade.

The Community Savers program provides up to $40,000 for not-for-profit organisations to undertake simple savings measures, such as installing rainwater tanks, switching from electric to solar hot water and installing water-efficient fixtures and fittings.

Participating organisations will also save an average of $5030 a year on bills.

The Public Facilities Program Community Savers is part of the NSW Government’s $700 million Climate Change Fund, established in July 2007 to stimulate investment in energy, water and greenhouse gas emissions savings.

Further details are available on the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water website at www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/ccfpfp



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