The communities in both the Manning and Great Lakes will benefit from $288,331 in funding to support a Blackhead Surf Life Saving Club and Forster-Tuncurry Mens Shed under the NSW Nationals in Government’s Infrastructure Grants program.

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said the funding will help both the Blackhead Surf Life Saving Club and the Forster-Tuncurry Men’s Shed continue supporting the community and recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and bushfires.

The funding provided to Black Head SLSC works include installation of water tanks, security system and external lighting, solar power and fire protection measures surround the perimeter of the club as advised by the Local Emergency Management Officer.

The Forster-Tuncurry Men’s Shed project is the Installation of a 40-kilowatt hybrid solar system with battery storage at the Waste Transfer Station to supply the Men’s Shed and adjacent site holders at Tuncurry Community Recycling Centre. The batteries will enable the entire site to share power for free prior to any excess power being fed back into the grid.

“Our Government is pleased to provide this much-needed support which will stimulate local economic activity and help organisations get back on their feet after facing often devastating impacts of bushfires and COVID-19,” Mr Bromhead said.

“The Club’s Grants yearly program is aimed at funding projects to build or upgrade community facilities.

“The projects will help boost participation in sports; encouraging active engagement and help communities recover and prepare for future challenges.”

The Infrastructure Grants program is made possible by Clubgrants Category 3, a fund which re-invests profits from registered clubs’ gaming machines into community projects.

Since 2015, the NSW Nationals in Government have funded more than 350 community projects worth $62 million under the Infrastructure Grants program.

Applications for the next round of funding open from Monday, September 21.