Com­mu­nity cash splash

Build­ing Part­ner­ships money flows for district

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

More than $50,000 will be in­vested in three pop­u­lar com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties in the South­ern Rive­rina, im­prov­ing recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal res­i­dents.

A large por­tion of the fund­ing, de­liv­ered by the NSW Govern­ment’s 2018 Com­mu­nity Build­ing Part­ner­ship Pro­gram has been al­lo­cated to the Ber­ri­gan Com­mu­nity Golf and Bowls Club.

It will use its $30,000 fund­ing for new so­lar pan­els.

Ber­ri­gan Com­mu­nity Golf and Bowls Club sec­re­tary Jan­ice Gra­ham said it was a ‘‘big win’’ for the vol­un­teer run club.

‘‘As we re­cently be­came a com­mu­nity owned club, re­ceiv­ing this fund­ing is pretty im­por­tant con­sid­er­ing how many long term ben­e­fits it will pro­vide,’’ Mrs Gra­ham said.

‘‘Our cool­rooms do use a lot of power so hope­fully new so­lar pan­els can re­duce the cost and the club un­der­stands the new so­lar pan­els lit­er­ally pay for them­selves within three years.

‘‘It was the first grant we ap­plied for since be­com­ing a club so we’re pretty happy about that.

‘‘We’re not sure when we’ll re­ceive the money but we’d hope to get the ball rolling at the start of next year, and we’d ex­pect to have the so­lar pan­els in­stalled by the end of next year.’’

Fin­ley Ro­tary is an­other big win­ner from the pro­gram, be­ing al­lo­cated $15,000 to pur­chase and install out­door fit­ness equip­ment around Fin­ley Lake.

The third lo­cal re­cip­i­ent from the pro­gram is the Jer­ilderie Men’s Shed, which re­ceived $5857 to re­place win­dows, paint and in­te­rior wall re­pairs at its clu­b­rooms.

Both the Mur­ray and Al­bury elec­torates were al­lo­cated $330,000 to dis­trib­ute to com­mu­nity projects.

Mem­ber for Mur­ray Austin Evans said it is due to the NSW Govern­ment’s strong eco­nomic man­age­ment it is ‘‘in a po­si­tion to in­vest in th­ese im­por­tant lo­cal projects’’.

‘‘This is fan­tas­tic news for Mur­ray that this grass­roots fund­ing will di­rectly help to cre­ate a more vi­brant and in­clu­sive lo­cal com­mu­nity with fan­tas­tic out­comes,’’ he said.

‘‘I con­grat­u­late all the or­gan­i­sa­tions that were suc­cess­ful in their ap­pli­ca­tion and look for­ward to see­ing how th­ese projects make a real dif­fer­ence for com­mu­nity groups in the area.’’

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