Round Two Community Grants

The good news keeps coming for community groups in the Murrumbidgee Council area, with a second round of grant recipients announced.

The Stronger Communities Fund (SCF) Community Grants Program, Round Two will see $518,900 go toward 24 worthy projects from across the three communities of Coleambally, Darlington Point and Jerilderie.

Sporting clubs and schools were among the big winners in this round, including the Darlington Point Club, who will receive $50,000 to install a watering system to the Bowling Green and Club grounds.

“As a social hub for the town there are a number of social bowls games that take place there during the year,” Administrator Austin Evans said.

“Bowls is a game that can be enjoyed by every age in the community and the installation of this new system will enhance the town.

“I would like to congratulate all of the successful community groups.

“I’m glad that we could help so many groups realise dreams that will be of benefit to the community.”

As a newly amalgamated Council, Murrumbidgee Council was allocated $10 million by the NSW Government under the Stronger Communities Fund.

This was broken down into two programs - $8.5 million in the Major Projects Program and the Community Grants Program, which was divided into two rounds.

In Round One funding was approved for 33 projects for grants of up to $50,000 to support important community projects for a combined amount of $1,014,000.

This second round opened in March this year and called for applications from incorporated, not-for-profit community groups, for projects that build more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive local communities.

A total of 46 project applications were received in Round Two from 32 organisations for projects to the value of $1.4 million.

Of those, 20 applications were received from Coleambally, 14 from Darlington Point and 12 from Jerilderie.

The Stronger Communities Fund Assessment Panel met to review the applications at a meeting held on Tuesday, May 16 at Darlington Point.

The Panel comprises The Administrator, Chair of the Local Representation Committee, a Probity Advisor (non-voting), a representative of the State Member for Albury, a representative of the State Member for Murray and Ms Trudi McDonald from the NSW Government Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Member for Murray, Adrian Piccoli, said the funding will provide the necessary support to community projects to ensure their success.

“I am very pleased that the financial assistance from the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Funds will secure the completion of vital projects in the community,” Mr Piccoli said.

“The range of projects reflects the diverse interests and the infrastructure people need in the new local Government area.”

Member for Albury, Greg Aplin, welcomed the announcement of the grants in the Jerilderie area.

“The number and range of projects advanced by enthusiastic community groups was impressive and I am delighted that many will now be delivered,” Mr Aplin said.

Congratulations to the following Round Two grant recipients:

 •           Coleambally Central School P&C - Outdoor settings $18,800         

•           Coleambally Community Club - Laser level the bowling greens, upgrade to main bar and toilet areas $24,100 

•           Coleambally Darlington Point Country Education Fund Coleambally - Looking Forward, Looking Back (an oral history) - (book production) $3,000         

•           Coleambally Motorcycle Club Inc - Construction of Club House and install watering system to track $50,000

•           Coleambally Preschool Association Inc -Floor resurfacing $14,900

•           Coleambally Preschool Association Inc - Shade sails and shed storage $13,500

•           Coleambally Pony Club - Grounds revamp and upgrade $6,600

•           Fusion Drop-in Centre Coleambally - Youth Development $5,000

·                     Coleambally Tennis Club – Replacement of synthetic courts $50,000

•           Lions Club of Coleambally - Jumping Castle and Trailer Project $5,800

•           St Peters Catholic Church - Replacement of chairs $7,000 

•           St Peters Primary School - Multipurpose Court $5,000

•           Jerilderie Men’s Shed - Purchase of Property $50,000

•           Jerilderie Public School P &C Association - Development of Computer and Musical Skills $8,700

•           Jerilderie RSL Sub-Branch -Two Honour Boards and Glass Display Cabinet          $4,800

•           Jerilderie Tennis Club - Upgrade Greens Flags & Putting Cups $1,400

•           Jerilderie Tennis Club - Disabled Toilet within the Jerilderie Sports Club $30,000   

•           St Joseph’s Parent's and Friends Inc - Play Area Soft Fall and Shade Sail $39,600

•           APEX Club of Darlington Point - Flag pole installation and fingerling purchase $9,000        

•           Darlington Point Club Ltd - Bowling Green and Club Grounds Irrigation $50,000

•           Darlington Point Club Ltd - Workshop for Maintenance Staff $40,000          

•           Darlington Point Club Ltd - Machinery Storage Shed $28,000

•           Darlington Point Men's Shed - Installation of Solar Panels $9,100

•           Darlington Point Public School Parent's and Citizens Committee - Classroom Board upgrade throughout the school $43,900