CHRISTMAS has come early for as many as 14 Coffs Coast community and sporting groups that are set to share in more than $700,000.
The money has been earmarked for local projects as part of the State Government’s Community Building Partnership Grants Program.
“There were a total of 24 projects considered, all very deserving and all of great benefit to the community,” said Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser.
“It is a great pity that all the projects could not be approved under the program, however, I would like to congratulate all the successful applicants.”
The successful projects are:
Westside Tennis Club Inc – $92,000 (upgrade tennis court surface and surrounds and remove rotting timber posts and replace with modern lighting);
Urunga Sail Training Club Inc – $30,000 (upgrade the club premises for disabled access);
The Northcott Society – $7840 (conversion of garage for group work and community use);
Sawtell Toormina Sport and Recreation Club – $14,800 (installation of a new toilet block at Rex Hardaker Oval);
Sawtell Toormina Little Athletics Centre Inc – $18,250 (purchase of an automated electronic timing system);
Sawtell Tennis Club Inc – $23,040 (upgrade fences);
Sawtell Art Group Inc – $69,620 (provision of additional classroom for art classes);
Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour South Inc – $5830 (book storage shed at Coffs Harbour Showground);
PCYC Coffs Harbour – $30,305 (upgrade of interior and installation of air conditioning);
Friends of the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden – $120,000 (construction of Japanese pavilion);
Englands Park Tennis Club Inc – $16,125 (replace fencing around tennis club);
Coffs Harbour Employment Support Service Inc – $85,137 (buy a 12-seater van, ride-on mower, tractor and outdoor furniture);
Coffs Harbour City Council – $187,278 (installation of sub-surface drainage at Richardson Park, Sawtell); and
Coffs Coast Dragon Boat Club – $10,000 (purchase of a dragon boat and trailer).
Mr Fraser said while the Coffs Harbour electorate would benefit from the projects because of the Community Building Partnership grants, the decision would leave many groups disappointed.
“I urge the groups who were not successful to look to other grants available which may assist their projects,” Mr Fraser said.
“The website www.communitybuilders.nsw.gov.au is a vital source for groups who are seeking a funding avenue for a project.
“I do hope that those groups who were not successful in gaining Community Building Partnership funding will use this website to look in to other sources of funding.”