$300,000 for small community projects

12th December 2016

Fifteen community organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been awarded grants to improve or construct facilities under the Community Building Partnership Scheme.

Independent MP for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper said today that $300,000 worth of grants will be handed to sporting, cultural, child care, service and community groups which operate within the Lake Macquarie state electorate.

“Community Building Partnership grants allow local organisations to build or improve facilities for their members and the communities they serve,” Mr Piper said.

“More than 100 grants totalling almost $3 million collectively have been handed out in the Lake Macquarie electorate since the program began in 2009.”

“These small community projects deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes.”

Among the sporting groups which made successful bids this year are Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club which will receive funds for a new rescue boat, and Westlakes Wildcats Football Club for ground drainage works.

Morisset Showground Trust will receive $40,000 for a much needed upgrade of power, water and drainage systems at the showground. Cardiff Scouts will be able to upgrade their hall while Woodrising Natural Learning Centre will receive funding for the partial refurbishment of their building.

A full list of this year’s grant recipients is included below.

Mr Piper urged any group wanting to know about next year’s round of grants to contact his office.

“I also run workshops each year which deal with fundraising and the writing of grant applications,” he said. “Please contact my office if you or your organisation would be interested in attending.”


The Crusader Union                       Balcolyn bushwalking trail                           $20,000

Lions Club of Wangi                      Outdoor fitness equipment                          $25,000

Morisset and Toronto                     Walkway extension and installation             $4500

Meals on Wheels                           of security cameras

Girl Guides Association                  Covered walkway, disabled                        $3300

of NSW                                         access, Toronto Girl Guide Hall   

Morisset Showground Trust             Upgrade of showground                            $40,000

                                                     water, power, drainage services

Southlakes Carers Inc                    Drainage works and shade sails                 $6000

1st Teralba Sea Scouts                   Storage, meeting rooms, workshops          $31,092

Southlakes Refuge                         Repair flooring in refuge                             $17,620

Woodrising Natural Learning           Refurbishment and repairs                         $24,385

Ulinga Youth Centre                       Refurb of tennis court surfaces                   $28,408

Vedic Samiti Newcastle                 Disability toilets/car parking facilities          $19,970

Wangi RSL Sailing Club                 New rescue boat                                      $14,725

Westlakes Football Club                Drainage at Rathmines field                       $20,000

Lake Macquarie City Council          Irrigation system for Finnan                        $30,000

                                                    Oval at Blackalls Park

Scouts Association, NSW              Upgrade of Cardiff Scout Hall                     $15,000

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