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COMMUNITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM IN GREAT DEMAND

Thursday, December 06, 2012
Fifty community organisations from across the Dubbo electorate have lodged grant applications for funding under the NSW Government's Community Building Partnership (CBP) program in 2012, the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said today.

The 2012 Community Building Partnership program enables each electorate to submit for consideration projects seeking funding assistance for infrastructure improvements and new facilities. One of the aims of the program is to help enable community groups provide activities that encourage greater participation in community events.

Mr Grant said the funding program is designed to enhance community infrastructureand has once again exceed all expectations this year.

"Applications for funding by community organisations submitted by the Dubbo Electorate totalled some $1.8 million," said Mr Grant.

"We are now faced with the challenge of evaluating each application against selection criteria to determine which projects best meet the program's objectives.

"Only a limited number of applications can be selected and some projects may only receive a portion of the funding requested. Although each application is worthy of support we simply cannot find funding dollars for each project this year. Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to consider re-applying next year."

Each application for funding undergoes a rigorous assessment process overseen by an Independent Review Panel.

It is anticipated that successful applicants will be notified in March 2013.

WONGARBON HALL UPGRADE

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant visited Wongarbon today to see how funds through the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership program will be used to improve the Wongarbon Hall.

Earlier this year NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell announced the roll out of $35 million for 1424 community projects throughout the state.

Dubbo City Council received $57,500 for improvements to the Wongarbon Hall and for lighting upgrades at the South Dubbo Oval.

"It's exciting to be here in Wongarbon to see how the money will be spent improving an important community asset," said Mr Grant.

"The Dubbo Electorate had 15 projects ranging from $4,000 to $100,000 that received funding through the program, making a great impact on the day to day lives of our communities.

“Local construction and trades jobs and local businesses stand to benefit from the activity as community infrastructure is built, refurbish or enhanced.

“I look forward to seeing the benefits of this upgrade for the Wongarbon community."

GAREMA HALL FACELIFT

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has thrown his support behind a project that will restore a historically significant building for the Garema community, appreciating its important link to the Return Services League.

Mr Grant visited the Garema Hall today to look over the building and to discuss the restoration project with locals courtesy of the Community and Correctional Partnership Program developed by NSW Corrective Services.

The Garema Hall was built in 1922 by the returned serviceman who saw action during the First Wold War.

"With the passage of years it's all too easy to lose touch with the significance attached to these buildings and the reasons for their construction," said Mr Grant.

"By preserving this piece of history, future residents gain a better understanding of the community's past whilst continuing to provide an important facility for the holding of community events."

The Community and Correctional Partnership Program has been designed to encourage offender services and community interest groups to work together with the aim of providing programs that will directly benefit the community.

"Projects that are completed under the program involve important work that would not otherwise be undertaken without the great assistance of community interest groups such as Rotary, Lions, Men's Shed, and the very many other non profit organisations," said Mr Grant.

"The true value of this work will lead to visible improvements in local halls, community sites, public schools and many other facilities in and around the Dubbo electorate.

"The Garema's hall life has been prolonged as a result of this important program and will remain for many years to come."

Established in 2009 the Community and Correctional Partnership Program is managed state wide by Les Fraser from NSW Corrective Services.

Community interest groups are invited to contact Corrective Services NSW for more information on 02 83461356.

GRANT INSTRUMENTAL IN SECURING ONGOING COMMUNITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIP FUNDING

Monday, June 04, 2012

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has welcomed news that the Community Building Partnership program will continue to provide funds for grassroots projects across the state, ending speculation that the program was to be disbanded.

Mr Grant in conjunction with other National Party colleagues lobbied for the programs continuation, highlighting its importance to communities in regional electorates.

"This unique program offers an opportunity for small community organisations to access funding enabling community infrastructure to be built, refurbished or enhanced,” said Mr Grant.

"It's vital that this program continue as it also provides jobs for local tradespeople in our electorate. 

“A range of projects in the Dubbo electorate have previously received funding as part of the program."

Under the program community organisations and local councils are invited to apply for funding to build and improve facilities in their local area.

NSW Treasurer Mike Baird has confirmed that over $90 million will be allocated in the budget to the Community Building Partnership program over the next four years.

Under the revised scheme $200,000 will be available for each electorate in NSW.

 

An additional $100,000 is available for 48 electorates, including Dubbo, with higher levels of unemployment to support local jobs.


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