Local communities benefit from 25 projects worth $300,000

LOCAL communities will benefit from 25 worthy projects worth $300,000 announced by State Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin under the NSW Government’s 2020 Community Building Partnership Program today (Monday, 23 November 2020).

LOCAL communities will benefit from 25 worthy projects worth $300,000 announced by State Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin under the NSW Government’s 2020 Community Building Partnership Program today (Monday, 23 November 2020).

Ms Saffin said phoning representatives of community groups to notify them of their success in this extremely popular small grants program was one of the more pleasurable tasks she had to perform each year.

However, Ms Saffin repeated her calls for the NSW Government to at least double the CBPP allocation for each electorate from $300,000 to $600,000 or $1 million to fund more community infrastructure projects as the Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m sure all MPs struggle with the assessment process when they have to rank a large number of very worthwhile projects for an available funding pool which is over-subscribed. An independent panel also assesses all applications against strict criteria.

“I am looking forward to inspecting all of the 2020 projects as they are completed across my electorate and I will publicise the 2021 program when applications open early next year.”

Successful projects for 2020 include:

  • Gungyah Ngallingnee Aboriginal Corporation, near Tabulam – Jubullum Jarjums children’s and family play area, $37,124.
  • Lismore Tennis Club Incorporated – Court lighting and electrical upgrade, $20,999.
  • Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) Lismore – Sports hall lighting replacement/upgrade, $20,072.
  • Murwillumbah Showground Land Manager – Refurbish 100-year-old main food venue at Murwillumbah Showground, $20,000.
  • Lismore Basketball Association Incorporated – Retaining wall to secure stadium, $16,257.
  • Sunnyside Hall Management Committee Incorporated, Tenterfield Shire – Amenities upgrade, $15,000.
  • Murwillumbah Rural Fire Brigade – Electronic sign for bushfire warnings and other essential information, $15,000.
  • Murwillumbah Community Centre Incorporated – Repair and expansion of the Murwillumbah Community Food HUB, $14,241.
  • Mallanganee Memorial Hall – Provide trades services for completion of kitchen renovation, $14,000.
  • Murwillumbah Theatre Company Incorporated – Painting; electrical work; construction/installation of workbenches and props/costume storage, $14,000.
  • Murwillumbah Rowing Club Incorporated – Renovate club bathroom facilities, $12,400.
  • Urbenville & District Bowling Club Limited – Cool comfort for everyone, $11,750.
  • St John Ambulance Australia (NSW) – St John Ambulance Lismore stretcher, $11,499.
  • Tyalgum District Community Association Incorporated – Enhancement of Tyalgum’s social tennis court to support community participation, $11,284.
  • Northern NSW Helicopter Rescue Service Limited – Engineering work stands, $10,249.
  • Far North Coast NSW Table Tennis Association Incorporated – Facility enhancement for aged and disabled participants, $10,108.
  • Tenterfield Poultry Club Incorporated – Replace damaged building stumps, $10,000.
  • Tweed Valley Mountain Bike Riders – Towards establishing a mountain bike facility, $7500.
  • Kyogle Bowling Club Limited – Install new electricity board, $6463.
  • Uki Sport and Recreation Club Incorporated – Storage area, $5000.
  • The Corporate Trustees of the Diocese of Armidale for Tenterfield Shire project – Torrington All Saints Church restoration, $4582.
  • St Vincent de Paul Society NSW – Solar panels for Gunellabah clothes sorting centre, $4255.
  • Jiggi School of Arts Incorporated – Refurbishment of hall toilets to NSW and Australian standards, $3100.
  • Friends of the Pound (Tweed) Incorporated – Air-conditioning installation at its Murwillumbah South facility, $2617.
  • Riding for the Disabled Association NSW – Defibrillator for Riding for the Disabled Tweed Valley, $2500.

The Community Building Partnership Program has funded more than 15,000 community projects since it was established by the then Labor State Government in 2009.

Applications for the 2021 Program open in early 2021.

For more information about the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program, visit www.nsw.gov.au/cbp

TABLE TENNIS ANYONE?: Lismore MP Janelle Saffin recently visited the Far North Coast Table Tennis Club’s Jim Armstrong Centre where she was hosted by President Peter McGrath, Manager-Coach Graeme Townsend and other active members. The club is one of this year’s grant recipients.

Monday, 23 November 2020.

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