Grants from NSW Government aid 15 Coffs Coast projects

Washing jumpers will be an easier chore after drainage works are completed at Geoff King Motors Park.
Washing jumpers will be an easier chore after drainage works are completed at Geoff King Motors Park. Rob Wright

A SUCCESSFUL funding application by Coffs Harbour Rugby League Club will see Geoff King Motors (formerly Advocate) Park receive a grant to drain the main playing field.

Comets president Steve Gooley announced approval had been granted on Friday from the office of Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser.

"Well done to secretary Sandra Ellicott who wrote a magnificent application to the NSW Community Building Partnership Program," Gooley said.

"Sandra and the club received a letter advising we were successful in gaining a grant for $46,100 for drainage and improvements to our main playing field.

"These grants are highly contested and we had to put a significant amount of time and effort into completing the application.

"We are very grateful for the assistance that we received from Coffs Harbour City Council Sports Unit.

"Also, Andrew Fraser and his staff Di and Campbell for their assistance.

"It was a real community effort to win this funding.

"This is a magnificent result for our club and will greatly improve this facility."

Despite being overseas to represent NSW at the Anzac Day ceremony at Villers-Bretonneux in France, Mr Fraser was able to announce 15 local projects in the Coffs Harbour electorate will receive funding.

These are: Urunga Community Hall, Coffs Harbour Comets Seniors Rugby League Club, Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium, Sawtell Girl Guides, Life Education, Possums Den Child Care Centre, Sawtell Croquet Club, Sawtell Tennis Club, Ulong and District Ex-Servicemen and Women's Memorial Club, Upper Orara Public Hall, Urunga Football Club, Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce, Urunga Neighbourhood Centre Inc, Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW and Westside Tennis Club.

"Local construction and trade jobs and businesses will benefit from this announcement as community infrastructure is built, refurbished or enhanced," Mr Fraser said.

"I look forward to seeing the benefits to our communities as these projects are undertaken and more importantly put into use across the Coffs Harbour electorate."

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