Community Grants Making a Difference

27 March 2017 - Media Release

Three community groups are reaping the rewards of grant funding from Murrumbidgee Council.

As a result of Council’s Stronger Communities Fund grants, Heritage Darlington Point have had solar panels installed, Jerilderie Community Gym brand new equipment and the Lions Club of Coleambally now have a new ride-on mower.

The 16 solar panels were installed on the roof of a storage shed recently to provide power for the Darlington Point Museum.

Heritage Darlington Point Secretary Mona Finley said she was happy to see the 4.16kw solar grid system costing $6,600, and funded under Council’s Major Projects Fund, go in.

“We don’t use a lot of power but when we looked into it and got a quote we found that it made sense. Given we are a management committee charged with looking after the Museum, it’s the community’s money we are saving,” she said.

Thanks to the $7,500 received under the Community Grants Fund (CGF) the Lions Club of Coleambally now has a new ride on mower to maintain Lions Park.

President Trent Gardiner said it was a well-used area, providing the community and visitors with a park for family barbecues and picnics, social gatherings and a meeting place for community events.

“We sincerely thank Murrumbidgee Council for providing the Lions Club with an asset for the benefit of our community, which in turn means we can use our community-raised funds for future community projects and contributions,” Mr Gardiner said.

Meanwhile residents in Jerilderie are delighted that their Community Gym has had out-dated equipment replaced. The $47,000 received has also been funded under the CGF.

“The Jerilderie Community Gym, with the provision of funding through the Stronger Communities Grant Program, has developed a place of social, physical and mental wellbeing for the Jerilderie Community,” Committee member Fiona Baxter said.

“We now have a fully functioning gym, with the latest equipment and run classes twice daily – suitable for all ages. There are a number of community projects in the pipelines, including a Kids Bootcamp suited for Primary children with the focus being the promotion of movement and wellbeing in a fun, social and inclusive environment.

“The gym is being managed by an energetic, hardworking and dedicated committee, who have devoted their time and efforts to the sustainability of the Jerilderie Community Gym.”

Murrumbidgee Council Administrator Austin Evans is pleased to see the funds making a difference.

“I’m happy to see some of these funds starting to be put to good use,” he said.