$1m boost for MidCoast community projects

Published on 26 July 2017

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Almost $500,000 was allocated to a range of deserving community projects at today’s MidCoast Council meeting, as the second round of the NSW Government's Stronger Communities Grants Program recipients was announced.

A cycleway, an accessible exercise station for people with disabilities, sheltered grandstands, kitchens for club houses and a contribution to the Manning Riverstage project - these are just some of the community projects that have received Stronger Communities funding and will now take shape, thanks to our hardworking community groups and volunteers. 

A total of 19 projects, representing a combined value of over $800,000, will be kick-started through this final round of the Stronger Communities Fund, which was established by the NSW Government for merged councils to assist the delivery of projects that improve community infrastructure and services.

“We had a terrific response from community groups, with 75 applications received in this round” said Paul De Szell, Director Community Spaces and Services. “The panel appointed to work through the applications had an extremely tough job in awarding the funding, with so many and varied projects that demonstrated strong benefits to our community”.

To be eligible for funding applicants were required to demonstrate their project delivered social, cultural, economic or environmental benefits to the local community, that it addressed an identified need, had broad community reach, and that any ongoing costs were able to be met without additional funding into the future.  The assessment panel was made up of Administrator John Turner, local state members or their delegates, a representative from the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and an independent probity advisor.

“The standard of the applications we received was very high, and while not every project could be funded, we will continue to encourage and support the efforts of our highly valued and active community groups who make such a difference to the services and facilities in our region” Paul added.

Over the course of the two year grants program, the Stronger Communities Funding has delivered $1 million in NSW Government funds to 36 community projects across the entire MidCoast region. Projects awarded funding in this second round of the program must be completed in the next 12 months.

More information and a list of successful recipients can be accessed on the MidCoast Council website.