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Mayor's Weekly Message: 10 February 2020

Released on: 10 February 2020

Released on: 10 February 2020

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Supporting our community

One of the great things about living where we do is that we are such a diverse and generous community, and Council is always pleased to be able to support local groups that give so much, often with little recognition or funding.

Our Community Grants program continues to provide a financial boost for a range of important initiatives right across our region, and can I tell you that one of the best things about being Mayor is seeing the smiling faces (and occasionally tears of joy) on the faces of those when I present them with their financial ‘present’.

Last year around $200,000 was made available, and I thought I’d share with you just a few of the groups that have benefitted.

Our local International Women’s Group has further extended their support of international women in our community with regular social lunches, network gatherings, cooking workshops and other support programs.

The Kendall Men’s Shed purchased new sanders for their workshop which has helped them craft some amazing timber features including two outdoor picnic tables and an amazing timber airplane that now take pride of place in the new Kew Community Playground.

And this week I’m excited to be opening ‘Shade Sails Over the Liberty Swing’ at Town Beach Reserve with our friends from the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise. The community grant we provided has been used in conjunction with donations from Omnicare Alliance, the Hope Shop and Eire Constructions to provide shade for those with disability as they enjoy the liberty swing.

This is just a taste of how our community grants are helping, and the exciting news is that the current round is now open. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for general community projects, non-Council owned Halls, and also ‘placemaking’ grants.

So what are you waiting for? If you’ve got a community project that could use a financial boost, jump onto Council’s website to see if you’re eligible and for information on how to apply… but be quick, applications close Friday 6 March.