22 October 2015 Community Capital Grants Awarded

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Nine local community groups will benefit from more than $82,000 worth of Community Capital Infrastructure Grants this year.


A total of $82,400 was shared between the nine for a variety of projects ranging from installation of a skylight to a contribution towards a new studio at the Conservatorium.


“The wide range of applications we receive every round shows just how vibrant the Coffs Harbour community is,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight. “Each application is very different, but whatever the size or scope of the project, they all show genuine community interest at their heart.”


The Community Capital Infrastructure Grants Program was established in September 2013. The funds are provided through the Community Facilities Program and are designed to match funding raised by applicants to improve community facilities. Thirteen applications were received totaling $148,792 for proposed projects to the value of $303,430. An Assessment Panel, consisting of Councillors and Council staff, considered each of the applications in accordance with the assessment criteria and recommended nine of the projects be funded. These were:


·         Nana Glen Sport, Recreation & Equestrian Centre Management Committee. Construction of a storage facility for bulky equestrian equipment. Project cost - $19,140. Funding provided - $9,550.

·         Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare – Kinchela Reserve Landcare Group. Public seating for Kinchela Reserve. Project cost - $2,750. Funding provided - $800.

·         Coramba Community Hall Management Committee. Replacement of hall kitchen and floor covering. Project cost - $11,674. Funding provided - $5,800.

·         Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium Inc. Studio 13 Build. Project cost - $39,662. Funding provided - $19,700.

· Orara Valley Football Club. Repairs to the roof and guttering of clubhouse, lining of equipment room and installation of bubblers. Project cost - $13,398. Funding provided - $6,700.

·         Bonville Sawtell Lions Club Inc. Refurbishment of Boronia Park Playground equipment. Project cost - $40,500. Funding provided - $20,500.

·         Special Needs Support Group Inc. Installation of a skylight. Project cost - $2,500. Funding provided - $1,250.

·         Hockey Coffs Coast Inc. Replacement of scoreboard and Spectator seating awning. Project cost - $30,020. Funding provided - $13,650.

·         Bunker Cartoon Gallery Inc. Upgrade of lighting at Bunker Cartoon Gallery. Project cost - $9,790. Funding provided - $4,450.

A total of $200,000 was available this year under the grant program, so it is proposed that a second round of funding be opened in February 2016, for the balance of $117,600.