$12.6K awarded to dedicated community groups

Kempsey Shire Council

•	South West Rocks Community Dune Care was awarded $5,000 to continue their important work in weed eradication.

A range of community groups have secured funding to bring great things to the Kempsey Shire.

At the May meeting of Council, Councillors agreed to present five outstanding community groups with Council Community Grants to deliver important projects to the shire across two categories – Mayoral Community Fund Quick Grants and Community Connection Grants.

This second round of the 2021-22 Community Grants program was announced after all available funds were not allocated in round one and to help groups get back on their feet following several years of trying times.

The awarded projects were ranked according to the competitive assessment criteria.

  • South West Rocks Community Dune Care was awarded $5,000 to continue their important work in weed eradication.
  • Bellbrook School of Arts Community Hall was presented $2,000 to upgrade its facilities. These upgrades include installing air-conditioning and a new dishwasher.
  • The Upper Macleay District Rodeo Association at Willawarrin was provided with $2,000 to purchase a new refrigerator for the sports ground canteen.
  • Kempsey Showground Association has been awarded $2,000 for seating and tables which can be used for all occasions at the showground.
  • Rotary Club of Kempsey West will purchase a new gazebo to be used at the many community events they support with the $1,639 presented to them.

Kempsey Shire Council Mayor, Leo Hauville, congratulated the successful recipients of this round of grants.

“Our shire community is enhanced by having active members who volunteer in many groups around the shire,” said Cr Hauville.

“We thank them for their service. We support these groups and their work. We are confident this money will enable them to continue their service.”

14 applications were received in this grant round with five organisations successfully meeting the eligibility criteria. The 2022-23 Council Community Grants program will be launched later this year.

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