Council overwhelmed by response to Stronger Country Communities grants

Published on 11 May 2018

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Byron Shire Council has received applications for 34 projects from community groups who wish to be considered for funding from round two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. 

Council’s Grants Coordinator, Dr Jodi Frawley, said the response from the community was astounding, and it shows that people in the Byron Shire are willing to go to great lengths to improve the lives of residents.

“I knew there was a lot of interest in the Stronger Country Communities grants because we had strong attendance at two workshops but for people to actually take the time, and put in the effort, to write a grant application, is demonstration of the passion of our residents,” Dr Frawley said. 

“Writing a grant application is detailed and time-consuming and I commend every group for putting forward their projects for consideration,” she said.

The range of projects was diverse and included shared cycleways, improvements to halls and clubs and the refurbishment of sports facilities such as tennis courts.

The grant applications have been sent to the NSW Government which will assess them.

Council is hopeful the successful projects will be announced between September and November 2018.

For more information contact Dr Jodi Frawley on 6626 7000.

Grant applications received for Round 2, Stronger Country Communities Fund

• A covered deck for Coorabell Hall

• A new modern amenities building for Mullumbimby Leagues Club and the local community

• Bangalow Community Children’s Centre needs a hug

• Byron Bay Surf Club Life Saving Club – roof sheeting replacement & exterior painting works

• Byron Shire Flood Warning Network

• Community arts hub

• Community fitness for Mullumbimby

• Connecting Suffolk Park's cyclists to Byron Bay

• Construction of amenities building, toilet/change rooms with associated infrastructure at the Eureka Public Recreation Reserve

• Essential upgrade to the heritage-listed Eureka Hall - outdoor landscaping, disabled toilets and kitchen renovation

• Establishing a community rainforest tree nursery and planting scheme in the Byron Shire

• Joining The Dots: Revitalising Bangalow Parklands by building footpaths and parking to connect the community

• Left Bank Road shared pedestrian/bike pathway - Tuckeroo Ave to population & education hubs

• Main Arm bikeway – causeway deck

• Make Byron Theatre a better experience

• Mullumbimby Community Garden harvest community kitchen

• Mullumbimby High School bus interchange shelters

• Mullumbimby Tennis Club: two new hard courts

• Multi-Use Recreational Circuit - Cavanbah Centre

• Netball courts to facilitate the growth of the Bangalow Netball Club

• New playground and native learning garden at Main Arm Upper Primary School for the community and environs

• Refurbish and upgrade the Ocean Shores Country Club swimming pool and lawn bowls precincts

• Refurbishment and enhancement to the Drill Hall building of the Mullumbimby District Cultural Centre

• Refurbishment and equipment supply for the Lone Goat Community Gallery, Byron Bay – 2018

• Refurbishment of Bangalow Lions Club bar & BBQ kiosk at Bangalow showground

• Refurbishment of CWA Hall, Brunswick Heads

• Refurbishment of Downstairs Kitchen and Undercover Area at Mullumbimby Golf Club

• Refurbishment of The Brunswick Valley Historical Society Inc’s (BVHS) Museum Buildings in Mullumbimby

• Refurbishment of the Mullumbimby War Widow’s cottage bathroom, laundry and training room for youth activities

• Resurfacing of two synthetic tennis courts, Replacement of four net posts at Booyong Recreation Reserve

• Shared Cycleways – connecting places and spaces in Ocean Shores

• The Mullumbimby Gateway – repair & renew

• To expand and enhance Suffolk Park Recreational sports field

• Total refurbishment of the sub-standard Torakina amenities block in Brunswick Heads