Community Groups the Big Winners in Infrastructure Grants Program

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A total of 11 very diverse grassroots community groups from across the Coffs Harbour City Council area are celebrating winning a share of $258,816 in the latest round of Council’s Community Capital Infrastructure Grants (CCIG) Program to create or develop new facilities to enhance local sport, education and social wellbeing.

They include Woolgoolga Lake Working Group Inc which has received $85,820 to assist with planned upgrades of the Woolgoolga Lake Reserve to improve water access, walkways and stabilisation of the foreshore areas from erosion. (Pictured above is Woolgoolga Lake).

Red Rock Multi-Use Centre is another winner with an $11,000 grant for renovations to the existing building.

The Sawtell and District Soccer Club plans to renovate the exterior of the change rooms at Toormina Oval which is part of a major enhancement of the amenity block to provide new female friendly change rooms and facilities for players with disabilities. The Club received a $20,067 grant in this round.

The Aspect MacArthur School in Coffs Harbour provides high needs autism specific education, but its kitchen was in need of renovation. Under the CCIG Program, Council has provided $12,045 to assist a project that will accommodate food technology and cooking classes for students, as well as improve overall safety.

“These grants always show what a lively, engaged community we are,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight. “I’m always blown away by how much is going on at a grassroots level to improve our whole way of life. The members of these groups who put so much work and commitment into achieving better facilities deserve an enormous round of applause. They’re all amazing.”

See the full list of successful projects below:

Organisation Proposed Project Total Cost of Project Requested Council Funding Funding Recommended
1.       Red Rock

Multi-Use Centre Inc

Removal and replacement of external windows and replacement of double entry doors to fire rated standards. 22,000 11,000 11,000
2.       Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect School) Renovation of kitchen and office space at the Aspect MacArthur School located at 138B Howard Street, Coffs Harbour 24,090 12,045 12,045
3.       Woolgoolga Croquet Club Inc Construction of a new shed for storage with basic kitchen facilities 30,000 15,000 15,000
4.       Nana Glen Sport, Recreation & Equestrian Centre Management Committee Replacement of Morrows Road boundary fence, including removal of 465m of fencing and installation of three new gates. 28,000 14,000 14,000
5.       Sawtell & District Soccer Club Refurbishment of the Toormina Field Change Rooms to visually match the new toilet block 40,134 20,067 20,067
6.       Gamumbi Early Childhood Education Centre Inc Interior repaint of the Centre and replacement of two sliding doors 44,000 22,000 22,000
7.       Englands Park Tennis Club Inc Resurfacing 2 courts (Courts 3 & 4) with premium quality artificial grass and posts. 80,000 40,000 40,000
8.       Coffs Harbour Showgrounds Lands Management Board Installation of CCTV 12,608 6,304 6,304
9.       Coffs Harbour Netball Association Inc Repair of cracking in the Courts at Vost Park, Coffs Harbour 23,000 11,500 11,500
10.   Hockey Coffs Coast Inc Additional sewerage connection works for the Kiosk and Meeting Room Project 30,000 15,000 15,000
11.   Woolgoolga Lake Working Group Inc Woolgoolga Lake Foreshore Stabilisation Project 171,640 85,820 85,820
Project Management by Council Staff 3,080
Community Development/Grant Writing Workshop by external provider 3,000
Total: 505,472 252,736 258,816


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