TWENTY three local community groups across the Richmond Valley have shared in more than $49,000 for vital infrastructure and equipment purchases thanks to Richmond Valley Council’s Community Financial Assistance Program.
This year’s recipients included sporting and recreation clubs, social support groups, community halls, conservation groups, local cultural groups, and senior citizens and youth clubs, located right across the Valley.
The program offers welcome financial assistance to many local volunteer-run groups which need funding for essential maintenance, running costs, or new equipment to support their purpose.
Community groups to receive funding in this round included Casino Food Basket, which received $5000 for a new three-door glass fridge, and $4666 for the Woodburn Pony Club to build a permanent post and rail fence for their main arena
Other grants included $2160 for the New Italy Museum to develop a progressive master plan for the New Italy Museum precinct, $3828 for Ellangowan Public Hall for the essential interior maintenance, and $1909 for Keeping Our Freedom Youth (founded by Pastor Pete Boughey) to transform the current art gallery into a more professional and attractive space with a gallery hanging and lighting system.
Council allocated $70,000 in the 2018-19 budget towards the program, to be distributed across two rounds.
The latest round of funding was advertised in February and March and Council received 27 applications from community groups, of which 23 met the eligibility requirements.
General Manager Vaughan Macdonald said the financial assistance program was a small but important part of Council’s budget.
“Community groups, from sport, to social support, the environment and the arts are the lifeblood of our community and Council endeavours to support them,” Mr Macdonald said.
“These groups can struggle to raise funding for important upgrades and a small grant can make a huge difference to their future.”
The full list of recipients is below:
• $2653.24 for Bentley Community Preschool to purchase and install automated defibrillator within the Bentley Hall for use by the preschool and other hall hirers.
• $765 for Broadwater Koala Reserve Trust to design, produce and install signage for the koala food tree plantation.
• $357.96 for the Broadwater Rileys Hill Community Centre to manufacture and install insect screens on all the hall’s windows.
• $4248 for the Casino District Cricket Association to erect sight screen at QE7 cricket field.
• $5000 for Casino Food Basket for a new three-door glass fridge, providing those in need with access to fresher food.
• $560 for Casino On Road Remote Control Care Association for a desktop computer for race control and timing system, storing race and member information.
• $2000 for the Casino RSM Youth Club to purchase new equipment including training gloves, jump ropes, punching bags and mats.
• $860 for the Casino Vision Impaired Local Client Support Group to subsidise social bus trips to play blind lawn bowls at Ballina, transport to monthly meetings.
• $3828 for Ellangowan Public Hall to upgrade the dining hall area – resheet walls with plywood, reseal and architrave windows.
• $5000 for Evans Head & District Senior Citizens Club to purchase a new honour board and dishwasher for kitchen.
• $1000 for Evans Head District Cricket Club to purchase equipment to maintain turf wickets at Stan Payne Oval.
• $948 for Evans River and Coastal Landcare to purchase lawn mower and blower to help Council maintain parks and public reserves at Evans Head.
• $5000 for Evans River Rugby Union Club to purchase a scrum machine and other equipment to cater for new rugby teams.
• $1909.42 for Keeping Our Freedom Youth to transform current art gallery into a more professional and attractive space with gallery hanging and lighting system.