Community cash splash
Building Partnerships money flows for district
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.’’