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Nationals deliver for Ballina Meals on Wheels

This week, Ballina Meals on Wheels received the exciting news that they would receive a $32,500 state government grant to upgrade their cool room facilities thanks to strong advocacy and support by the NSW Nationals. 

We all know the important role volunteer groups, such as the Meals on Wheels, play in our regional communities. Ballina Meals on Wheels provides thousands of meals to the Ballina community each year. In addition, their volunteers build relationships with isolated members of the community, who may not have many social opportunities.  

Ballina Meals on Wheels recently faced a challenge in continuing to provide their important services to the Ballina community. They have been in desperate need for funds to upgrade their cool room facilities. But incredibly the local Greens member, Tamara Smith, refused to provide funding for this essential upgrade through the Community Building Partnerships Scheme.

With the lack of support from the local member, they turned to the Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin to assist. Ben knows the value of Meals on Wheels, especially to the Ballina community.

He heard their concerns, and raised them directly with Deputy Premier John Barilaro to seek assistance. John took little convincing and made sure that the needed funds were approved as soon as possible.

On Tuesday, Ben delivered the good news to the Meals on Wheels team. They will be receiving their much needed $32,500 to upgrade their cool room facilities. Meleta, Meg and the whole Ballina Meals on Wheels team can now continue their wonderful work providing nutritious meals to frail, aged people, people with a disability, and their carers.

Another win by the NSW Nationals. 

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