NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh has announced more than $400,000 from the Stronger Country Communities Fund to help build a better region.

The Woolgoolga Seniors Centre secured $50,000 in funding for the purchase of a new bus, which will see residents across the Coffs Harbour electorate benefit from low cost, day and overnight trips for seniors in the area. Mr Singh said the centre’s existing bus was over 12 years old and is becoming a financial drain due to its age.

“We know the elderly are often susceptible to mental illness due to isolation, now more than ever, and these bus trips will offer the valuable health benefit of social inclusion after current restrictions are lifted,” Mr Singh said.

The Boambee East Community Centre will undergo a major facelift with $223,651 allocated for its refurbishment

“After 15 years of operation, a thorough refurbishment and revitalisation of the Boambee East Community Centre is required to ensure its long term viability and to improve accessibility, especially for those with a disability,” Mr Singh said.

“There will be an improved kitchen and play area, the provision of multi-media facilities, secure storage, improved shade areas and new flooring.

“This project will make the centre safer and more accessible for community members.”

The Rise Youth Community Football and Wellbeing Program will also benefit with $193,698 to enhance the life skills, wellbeing and employability of Coffs Harbour youth.

“Following the successful rollout of a community outreach program and annual charity football match, Rise is expanding its activities to establish a community football and wellbeing program,” Mr Singh said.

“The program provides each participant with the benefits of organised sporting activities in return for participation in a wide range of social and education activities for 12-17 year old boys and girls, together with volunteer community service.

“The program has been designed in conjunction with local youth agencies and educational experts to develop well-rounded, resilient, community-minded young adults.”

Mr Singh said he was excited these projects were being funded by the Stronger Country Communities Fund, and we all look forward to seeing them come to fruition.