Local Groups Celebrate Grants Success

5 years ago | by

Mayor and Peter Dickson-Smith

Another eleven community groups are set to celebrate a windfall from Council’s Community Capital Infrastructure Grants.

“Lately I’ve been seeing many of the projects funded by the grants programme in previous years coming to fruition and it’s been heartening to see what a huge difference they are making to the community on many levels,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight. “Each year we receive a really varied list of applications, but they all achieve the overall aim – to help benefit as many locals as possible.”

The Community Capital Infrastructure Grants offer funds to not-for-profit organisations wanting to build new or refurbish existing public facilities, in consultation with Council. Each group has to provide match funding for the proposed projects in the form of options such as cash, in-kind labour or materials.

The eleven latest groups to benefit will receive a total of $266,050 in grants to help fund projects worth $701,880. A small surplus remains from this year’s available funds which are to be used to provide upgraded facilities at Coramba Hall, Toormina Community Centre and Lowanna Community Hall, as well as new signage at Coramba Hall, Boambee East Community Centre, Ayrshire Park Sportsground, Nana Glen Showground and Equestrian, and Eastern Dorrigo Showground and Community Hall.

(Pictured above with the Mayor is Coffs Harbour Rotary South’s Peter Dickson-Smith at the opening of the upgraded Castle Street Carpark amenities, which was a previous project made possible through a Community Capital Infrastructure Grant and the work of Rotary South’s members).

Organisation Proposed Project Total Cost of Project ($) Requested Council Funding ($) Funding Recommended ($)
1.       Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour Ltd Jetty Foreshores shade/picnic shelters (x2) from the ‘Gallow’s’ carpark to the southern wall 63,000 31,500 31,500
2.       Woolgoolga Surf Lifesaving Club Inc. Fit-out of function room including commercial kitchen and kiosk (component of total build) 205,304 102,652 102,500
3.       Marine Rescue Woolgoolga Solar PV power to new building at Arrawarra 5,945 2,972 2,700
4.       Gumnut Cottage Childcare Centre Renovation of pre-school room bathroom 26,000 13,000 13,000
5.       Red Rock Corindi Surf Lifesaving Club Inc. Installation of new hot water service to surf club amenities 6,200 3,100 2,800
6.       Coffs Harbour Showground & Public Recreation Trust Two sets of portable seating for use at the showgrounds and at community events such as Anzac Day 25,396 12,608 11,500
7.       South Coffs Community Gardens Inc. Community pavilion and pathways 18,357 8,981 9,000
8.       England’s Park Tennis Club Inc. Upgrade of synthetic surface on courts 1 and 2 60,630 20,000 20,000
9.       Coramba Community Hall Preservation and conservation of Coramba Hall Honour Roll 17,500 8,750 8,750
10.   Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged ‘The Link’ Community Space 202,000 54,000 54,000
11.   Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club Inc. Repairs to the Balcony of Sawtell SLSC 39,968 19,984 10,300
Total: 701,880 293,337 266,050
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