$300,000 Injection Into Our Electorate

One of the most rewarding parts of being the State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock is working with community groups and organisations to assist them as they make a difference in the local area.

Late last year I was pleased to announce that 19 local community groups from our Electorate shared in close to $300,000 in funding through the Community Building Partnership Program. This funding will support these groups as they look towards upgrading and constructing community infrastructure that will enhance our local area.

I know this funding will help these community groups make a positive difference across the region. Thanks to the initiative of former Premier, Nathan Rees, communities across NSW have had access to this funding pool for close to a decade. In that time, the Cessnock Electorate has received more than $3 million in funding.

I took the time to visit Michelle at Sugarvalley Neighbourhood Centre to see how their new defibrillator is making a difference in West Wallsend and Holmesville. Thanks to this investment, the staff, visitors and neighbours of the Centre will have access to this life-saving machine. This is just another example of the wonderful benefits the Community Building Partnership creates.

SUCCESSFUL RECIPIENTS:

Bellbird Preschool secured $22,517 to undertake playground repairs.

Branxton Croquet Club secured $6,000 to assist in upgrading their lawns.

Branxton Greta Amateur Swimming Club secured $21,000 to build a shade structure and storage facilities.

Cessnock City Council secured $31,275 to construct a toilet at Bellbird Community Hall.

Cessnock District Hockey Association secured $6,000 to refurbish their canteen facility.

Cessnock Minor Rugby League secured $20,000 to install lighting at Mount View Park.

Cessnock PCYC secured $16,079 to create an outdoor community youth hub.

Edgeworth Senior Soccer Club secured $20,200 to upgrade lighting at Jack McLaughlan Oval.

Greta Rural Fire Brigade secured $10,672 to install new uniform lockers.

Greta Tidy Towns Committee secured $11,500 to construct a new Greta Cemetery entrance.

Hope Valley Christian Church secured $20,000 to contribute to the purchase of a 22 seat bus.

Kurri Golf Club secured $30,000 to replace corrugated iron roofing.

Kurri Kurri Community Services secured $20,000 to upgrade lighting.

Lake Macquarie Sustainable Neighbourhood Alliance secured $15,425 to upgrade the meeting area at Holmesville Community Garden.

Mai-Wel (Richmond Vale) secured $3,606 to build and upgrade picnic tables.

Mum’s Cottage (Holmesville) secured $4,510 to repaint and fit-out their office.

Sugarvalley Neighbourhood Centre (West Wallsend) secured $11,444 to purchase a defibrillator and LED advertising signs.

Towns With Hearts (Kurri Kurri) secured $25,652 to construct a storage shed.

Weston Heritage & Tidy Town Committee secured $3,500 to purchase a new ride-on lawn mower