Local groups to receive funding boost from round one of the 2017-18 community grants scheme

It was a great day for local not-for-profit organisations and community groups from across the Port Macquarie-Hastings region, after they were successful in applying for $107,000 in grants on November 1.

The successful groups were recipients of funds as part of the first round of Council’s Community Grants program for 2017/2018, providing a much needed boost to a broad variety of extremely worthy community initiatives, according to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council mayor Peta Pinson.

“The many local fundraisers, community events, Christmas celebrations and community hall maintenance programs would simply not happen without the dedication and support of our local community groups,” Mrs Pinson said.

“Council recognises the significance of what these groups do for their local communities.

“Their contribution to building an inclusive, vibrant and connected local community is a real credit to them all, and the community grants program is a great opportunity for Council to thank and reward those that work tirelessly in making our community a better place to live,” she said.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council grants officer Paul Koch said they were very impressed with all the applications put forward during this round of funding.

“The quality of grant applications put forward were of a very high standard,” Mr Koch said.

Of the 33 groups that applied for funds, 24 were successful, including the Friends of Kooloonbung Creek who secured $5,000 for weed management, and according to Rex Moir, the money is much appreciated.

“The Friends of Kooloonbung Creek have always been lucky to have continuing council support, but the money we have received this time will specifically go towards managing weeds which are detrimental to koalas in the area,” Mr Moir said.

“With the money we can now clear weeds from vital habitats in the Kooloonbung Creek region.”

Bruce Thompson from the Port Macquarie Lions club said that their club was also fortunate to receive funding for new shelves. 

We received $2,400 for some much needed shelves in our storeroom so we can store equipment, so we are very happy that our application was successful,” Mr Thompson said.

General grants totalling $24,714 were allocated to:

Catholic Parish of St. Agnes - #LitFest2444 - $10,000

Early Connections Port Macquarie - Shade cloth $1,650

Hastings Valley Mountain Bikers - Signage $1,048

Port Macquarie Lions Club - New shelving $2,466

Hamilton Green Management Group - Signage $3,740 

Port Macquarie Tennis Club - Protective padding $1,679

Riding for the Disabled (Kendall) - Protective gear $2,099

Wauchope Poultry Club - Exhibition equipment $2,032

Non-Council-Owned Halls grants totalling $18,500 were allocated to:

Byabarra Hall and Recreational Reserve Trust - Toilet upgrade $9,550

Rollands Plains Recreational Reserve Trust - Disabled Access $8,950

Christmas & New Year’s Events received grants totalling $19,605 allocated to:

Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre Christmas event $650

Wauchope Chamber of Commerce Christmas event $4,500

Beechwood Public School P&C Christmas event $3,788

Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce Christmas event $5,000

Telegraph Point Community Association Christmas event $1000

Byabarra Hall Recreational Reserve Trust Christmas event $987

Lake Cathie Bonny Hills Lions Club Christmas event $2,430

Kendall Heritage Society Christmas event $1,250

Environmental grants totalling $15,000 were allocated to:

Port Macquarie Landcare Group - Environmental Activities $10,000

Friends of Kooloonbung Creek - Weed Management $5,000

Band grants totalling $29,189 were allocated to:

Port Macquarie Hastings Municipal Band $10,000

Camden Haven Community Band $7,100

Hastings Koalas Orchestra Band $4,865

Hastings District Pipe Band $7,224

Round 2 of Council’s Community Grants Program will open for application in early 2018.