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Posted on: 13 March, 2017

Local Projects Become a Reality

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Twenty local projects set to benefit the region have successfully received funding through round two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council along with the Member for Monaro John Barilaro have allocated funds to these worthwhile projects. The successful grant recipients were announced today (Monday, March 13) by Snowy Monaro Regional Council Administrator, Dean Lynch, General Manager, Joe Vescio and Mr Barilaro.

The trio visited a number of the groups whom received funding, stopping by the Monaro Equestrian Association, the Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre, the Cooma Youth Hub and the Adaminaby Bowling and Sports Club.

Council administrator, Dean Lynch, said the applications received for round two of the Snowy Monaro Community Grants (made possible through the Stronger Communities Fund) highlighted the vision local groups have for the region.

“The applications received were of the highest quality. There were many valuable projects amongst them and it’s great to be able to announce the worthwhile recipients,” administrator Lynch said.

“The fund allows groups to make a long-lasting contribution to their region. I’m excited to have met some of the groups today to share in the joy of seeing their projects get off the ground.”

“The Stronger Communities Fund has been established by the NSW Government to help councils deliver both priority communities infrastructure projects and community grant projects for incorporated not-for-profit community groups,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Community groups are the heart and soul of our region and the services they provide make a real and lasting difference to the lives of residents, that’s why it’s important that we see money invested into these local projects; congratulations to all successful recipients.”

The Adaminaby Bowling and Sports Club received $33,300 to undertake repairs and resealing of its carpark facilities. The bowling club plays an important role in providing recreational facilities for the Adaminaby community. Administrator Lynch said he was pleased council could help this organisation grow.

Another of the 20 successful grant recipients is the YMCA Cooma Youth Café project. YMCA Cooma Youth Project Coordinator, Cathy Guion, said the funding will allow young people in the region to learn skills to assist them for life.

“YMCA Cooma Youth Projects and The HUB are delighted to receive this funding as part of the Stronger Communities grant. It will allow us to deliver a wonderful project in the form of a café skills program that addresses a need we know exists for young people in the Cooma region – and that is to learn new skills, build self-confidence and feel part of the community,” Ms Guion said.

“I’d like to thank Snowy Monaro Regional Council and Mr John Barilaro MP for their ongoing and strong support of our work with local youth.”

Administrator Lynch, General Manager, Joe Vescio, and Member for Monaro John Barilaro hope to visit more of the successful recipients in the coming weeks.

A total of $336,563 has been funded through round two of the Stronger Communities Fund.

Stronger Communities Fund Round Two Funded Projects:

Rotary Club of Bombala – Combined storage facility for three community groups at Bombala Saleyards - $41,000
Monaro Family Support Service – Furniture update and technology support - $8,093
Friends of the Jindabyne Community Garden auspice by Upper Snowy Landcare – An accessible garden - $19,302
Cooma Chamber of Commerce – Regional Tourism Mobile App - $23,819
Delegate Progress Association – Nurse’s cottage accommodation upgrade - $43,563
CWA Berridale branch – Upgrade and maintenance to equipment in CWA premises - $2,700
Adaminaby Bowling and Sports Club - Repairs and resealing of carpark facilities - $33,300
Cooma Gun Club – Replacement of clay target throwers - $6,927
Nimmitabel Lions Club – Gazebo renovation at Lake Williams - $9,827
LAOKO – Wildlife education, awareness and member safety - $8,260
Jindabyne Trail Stewardship – Jindabyne trail signage upgrade and installation of recreational seating - $50,000
YMCA Cooma Youth Café Project - $7,000
Monaro Equestrian Association – Showjumps and related materials - $7,303
Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre - $1,900
Snowy Mountains Care and Early Learning Centre OSCH – Equipment and resources - $733
Rebranding Cooma Universities Centre to Snowy Monaro Universities Centre - $2,500
Bombala Exhibition Society – Social Inclusion Keeping Them Safe project - $2,959
Cooma Country Club Ltd – Entrance road resealing and environmental control upgrades - $44,204
CWA Nimmitabel branch – CWA room upgrade - $17,303
Snowy Mountains Care and Early Learning Centre – Preschool education resources - $5,870

For further information please phone Snowy Monaro Regional Council Communications Officer Nathan Thompson on 0402 587 971.

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