Cessnock organisations can apply for NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership grants

UPGRADE: Weston Heritage and Tidy Town Committee secretary-treasurer Pat Maybury and president Mick Haines with the ride-on mower they bought with funding from the 2017 Community Building Partnerships program.
UPGRADE: Weston Heritage and Tidy Town Committee secretary-treasurer Pat Maybury and president Mick Haines with the ride-on mower they bought with funding from the 2017 Community Building Partnerships program.

Community groups, sporting clubs and councils in the Cessnock electorate are encouraged to apply for the latest round of the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program, which closes this Friday.

Cessnock MP Clayton Barr said the program is open to local councils and not-for-profit groups to apply for the funds they need to deliver projects with social, environmental and recreational outcomes.

“Local sports clubs, charities, Men’s Sheds and Scouts or Girl Guides are just some of the groups that can benefit from the program,” Mr Barr said.

The Community Building Partnership Program was introduced by the Labor Government in 2009, and has provided funding to thousands of organisations across NSW to build or upgrade local facilities.

Weston Heritage and Tidy Town Committee was one of 19 organisations in the Cessnock electorate to receive funding from last year’s program.

The committee used its $3500 grant to buy a new ride-on lawn mower.

The group of six-to-10 volunteers plays its part to keep Weston looking tidy by mowing several nature strips, reserves and parks, and the lawns of almost 20 pensioners around the town every week.

They set out every Monday and Tuesday, proudly continuing the tradition established by the late Jeff Maybury about 20 years ago.

Committee president Mick Haines said the group upgrades its equipment every two-to-three years, and was appreciative of the grant.

“The old ride-on was pretty worn out; it had done a lot of work,” he said.

There will $330,000 available in each NSW electorate under the 2018 Community Building Partnership program.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday, June 15.

To view the program guidelines and submit an application, visit www.nsw.gov.au/cbp.

2017 Community Building Partnership recipients in Cessnock electorate

  • Bellbird Preschool Inc – $22,517 for playground repairs
  • Branxton Croquet Club – $6000 for a lawn upgrade
  • Branxton Greta Amateur Swimming Club – $21,000 for construction of a shade structure and storage shed
  • Cessnock City Council – $31,275 for a toilet upgrade and extension at Bellbird Community Hall
  • Cessnock District Hockey Association – $6,600 to refurbish the canteen
  • Cessnock Minor Rugby League – $20,000 for a lighting upgrade at Mount View Park
  • Cessnock PCYC – $16,079 for an outdoor community youth hub
  • Edgeworth Senior Soccer Club Inc – $20,200 for a lighting upgrade at Jack McLaughlan Oval
  • Greta Rural Fire Brigade – $10,672 for steel mesh lockers for structural firefighting uniforms
  • Greta Tidy Towns Committee –  $11,500 for the upgrade of the entrance to Greta Cemetery
  • Hope Valley Christian Church Inc – $20,000 for the purchase of a 16-seater bus
  • Kurri Golf Club Ltd – $30,000 for the replacement of existing corrugated iron roofing
  • Kurri Kurri Community Services Ltd – $20,000 for an energy efficiency refurbishment at Kurri Kurri Community Centre
  • Lake Macquarie Sustainable Neighbourhood Alliance Inc – $15,425 for the construction of a sheltered area for the Holmesville Community Garden meeting area
  • Mai-Wel Ltd – $3,606 for the Richmond Vale work skills project
  • Mums' Cottage Inc – $4,510 for painting and office fit-out
  • Sugar Valley Neighbourhood Centre – $11,444 for a defibrillator and electronic signage for Sugar Valley Neighbourhood Centre
  • Towns With Heart Inc – $25,652 for a storage shed for the Kurri Kurri Visitor Information Centre
  • Weston Heritage & Tidy Town Committee – $3,500 for the purchase of a ride-on lawn mower

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