20 projects share in $300,000 to build communities

Ten FM's Peter van Schaik is a happy man, receiving $11,346 for new equipment.

Ten FM's Peter van Schaik is a happy man, receiving $11,346 for new equipment.

Tenterfield and District Community FM Radio Association was a big winner in the latest round of community projects sharing in funding under the NSW Government's 2019 Community Building Partnership Program, receiving a $11,346 grant to replace essential community broadcasting equipment.

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin announced on Monday that 20 community projects across her electorate will share $300,000 in funding. The other project local to Tenterfield was $20,000 to install a covered area at the pool, applied for by Tenterfield Shire Council.

Ms Saffin called on the government to bring forward from May applications for the program's 2020 round as an extra economic boost for the Northern Rivers, Northern Tablelands and country New South Wales.

"Given that we had 60 applications in 2019 - all very worthy projects - I believe there also needs to be a more generous electorate allocation of $600,000 or even $1 million to ensure that more great projects get up in the future," she said.

"We are heading into an autumn/winter season with the added challenges of COVID-19, and on the other side of this period, local communities will be looking to recover. Spreading grassroots funding is a good way of providing practical support."

Ms Saffin said she had personally phoned representatives of 20 successful organisations to congratulate them and she very much looked forward to seeing their projects delivered on the ground across four Local Government Areas.

The other successful projects for 2019 include:

  • Lismore Soup Kitchen Incorporated - fourth and final stage of underpinning The Winsome homeless shelter, $21,780.
  • Kyogle Together Incorporated - The Laneway Community Space, a much-needed storage shed, $5100.
  • Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council - Ngahri Wa Jarjum, children's playground, $39,353.
  • Friends of Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens Incorporated - accessible amenities at visitors' centre, $25,000.
  • RED (Realising Every Dream) Incorporated - purchase of hybrid motor vehicle to provide transport for people with disabilities, $20,000.
  • Rainbow Region Community Farms Incorporated - PV solar system for Lismore Community Garden's outdoor kitchen, $4576.
  • Murwillumbah Sporting Car Club - young driver program, $4550.
  • lunes Community Preschool Association Incorporated - bathroom refurbishment, $25,000.
  • Country Women's Association of NSW - Tabulam Branch - a shower for the community in the CWA Rooms, $6200.
  • The Scout Association of Australia NSW Branch - Murwillumbah Scout Hall repairs, $8792.
  • The Scout Association of Australia NSW Branch - Lismore Scout Hall painting upgrade, $11,600.
  • The Girl Guides Association of New South Wales - replace downpipes and clean surrounding cement areas and walls of Lismore Girl Guides Hall, $2694.
  • Nimbin Headers Sports Club Incorporated - club field No. 2 drainage upgrade, $21,558.
  • Kyogle Golf Club Limited - renovation of toilets, including installation of ambulant facilities, $16,379.
  • Tweed Valley Woodcraft Association - electrical upgrade, $3400.
  • South Gundurimba Hall Incorporated - hall repair and maintenance, $6500.
  • Whian Whian Memorial Hall Incorporated - a new roof for the hall, $21,000.
  • Far North Coast Hockey Incorporated - installation of solar panels on the FNC Clubhouse roof, Goonellabah, $25,172.