More than 30 new community projects in the Clarence and Richmond Valleys will benefit from the latest round of the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Community Building Partnership program.
Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis said the Nats are backing 24 projects in the Clarence Valley and eight in the Richmond Valley.
“We are allocating a little under $400,000 for 24 local projects that will significantly enhance many aspects of community life in the Clarence Valley,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“Working with groups like these makes the trips to Parliament in Sydney worthwhile.”
Clarence Valley Mayor Jim Simmons has welcomed the funding.
“We are always happy to work with other levels of Government for community infrastructure upgrades across the Valley,” Councillor Simmons said.
The Clarence projects are:
- Glenreagh RFS – Station upgrade
- Glenreagh CWA – Floor repair
- Lawrence Historical Society – Power for the volunteers’ workshop
- Wooli Community Hall – Air con and acoustics
- Uniting Preschool Grafton – Pain interior
- New Life Church Grafton – Fans for the sports and rec area
- Braunstone Social And Tennis Club – Walkway and awing
- Grafton Rowing Club – Female toilets
- Grafton Community Shed – Covered verandah
- Grafton District Golf Club – Cart pathway
- Carrs Creek School Of Arts Hall – Toilets
- Grafton Sporting Car Club – Pit facilities
- Grafton Clay Target Club – Road repairs
- Lower Clarence Netball Association – Access path
- Mudyala Aboriginal Corporation – Van for youth program
- Maclean Rotary – Book shed upgrade
- Maclean Golf Club – Shed extension
- Ashby Rural Fire Brigade – Access ramp
- Ashby Hall – Access ramp
- Yamba Surf Life Saving Club – Painting of Clubhouse
- Port of Yamba Historical Society – Fire safety upgrade for Yamba Museum
- Lower Clarence Community Radio – Generator
- Iluka Woombah Men’s Shed – Indoor and outdoor upgrades
- Iluka Bowls Club Ltd – Audio And Visual Equipment For Conference And Function Room
In the Richmond Valley, eight new community projects have been funded.
“We are allocating a little over $100,000 for six community group initiatives and two projects put forward by Richmond Valley Council,” Mr Gulaptis said.
Richmond Valley Mayor Robert Mustow said he was pleased the two bids his Council had submitted had both been fully funded.
“Thanks to these grants, we will undertake a $25,000 overhaul of Coraki Youth Hall including new toilets and asbestos removal and we will invest $14,000 to build a new outdoor park shelter with a BBQ and picnic setting at Rileys Hill, Broadwater,” Mr Mustow said.
Mr Gulaptis said the other grants would be used to repaint the New Italy Museum, buy solar panels for the Evans Head Senior Citizens Hall and St Vinnies in Casino, as well as fund upgrades for three local sports clubs.
“Coraki Golf Club gets 200 new trees and loses its potholes, Casino Pony Club gets a much-needed new zero-turn mower and a trailer, while the increasingly popular Casino Croquet Club gets shaded seating for members and visitors,” Mr Gulaptis said.
The Community Building Partnership program is one of a number of the initiatives of the NSW Nationals in the state government designed to make regional communities even better places to work, rest and play.