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Manning projects set to go with State funding

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead has announced that Taree and Purfleet are set to receive a make-over with $117,930 for four important projects.

Mr Bromhead said that community groups – Community Housing Limited and Mission Australia – as well as Greater Taree City Council with two applications have been awarded the funds under the NSW Government’s Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF).

“Last year community groups, councils, charities and private organisations were encouraged to put forward projects that would help improve our local area,” Mr Bromhead said.

“I’m thrilled that all three of these organisations were successful and will proceed with their projects.

“The NSW Government promised to build stronger, more vibrant social housing communities and we’re delivering on that today with these projects.

“This is all about creating communities that people are proud to call home, and I am looking forward to seeing the projects come to life.”

The four projects to receive the funding are:

  • Supplying and installing a gazebo and paths to create a meeting place at Dunoon Street, Taree - $12,930 - Community Housing Limited
  • Aboriginal themed playground with prefabricated playground equipment, Aboriginal carvings, natural play elements, native bush tucker gardens and a shaded outdoor seating area in Ruprecht Park, Taree - $50,000 - Greater Taree City Council
  • A new Aboriginal themed playground including a mix of playground equipment, Aboriginal carvings, natural play elements, native bush tucker gardens and a shaded outdoor seating area in Purfleet - $50,000 - Greater Taree City Council
  • Upgrading to bins and gardens with defined pathways, herb/vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and seating areas, plus removing hazardous gumtrees and engaging an Aboriginal artist to work with tenants creating a sculpture garden at Bruntnell Street Garden, Taree - $5,000 - Mission Australia

Mr Bromhead said the four projects are among more than 120 projects across NSW that will benefit from $4.2 million in funding through the NSW Government’s SHCIF program.

“The SHCIF is a three-year commitment to build stronger social housing communities through improvements to fencing, lighting, disability access and a whole range of community projects including playgrounds, communal gardens, basketball courts and skate ramps,” Mr Bromhead said.

Minister for Social Housing Brad Hazzard congratulated the local community.

“We said we wanted partnerships and for the community to bring its ideas and this has certainly been delivered in Taree and Purfleet,” Mr Hazzard said.

“We’ve made a good start. The next round of grants will open in April and I encourage everyone to consider applying for them.”

To find out more about the announcement of Social Housing Community Improvement Fund visit: www.facs.nsw.gov.au/SHCIF

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