Local projects share in $208,000 from Council

Published: 26 Jul 2019 1:30pm

More than $208,000 in funding has been awarded to 57 community projects through Wagga Wagga City Council’s Annual Grants Program 2019/20.

Council’s Annual Grants Program consists of eight grant categories: Community Health and Wellbeing, Connected Rural and Urban Communities, Arts and Culture, Local Heritage, Events, Natural Environment, Youth Led Initiatives and the new Small Business category.

This year’s funded projects range from restoring and lighting the historic 2WG sign near Wollundry Lagoon to providing $3000 towards the World Championship Gumi Race 2020.

“Fifty-seven diverse projects have been made possible by Council’s Annual Grants Program 2019/20,” Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM said.

“There are a real mix of projects and initiatives this year, all of which align with Wagga View 2040, our Community Strategic Plan, and Council’s ongoing commitment to helping foster a growing, vibrant community.

“It was encouraging to see another strong response to the grants program this year and I look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition over the coming months.”

More than half of submissions to the Annual Grants Program were by first-time applicants, while the new Small Business category was well-supported with a majority of the applications by female entrepreneurs.

“The Annual Grants Program forms part of more than $2.1M of contributions, funding and donations Council provides to the community each year,” Council’s Director Community Janice Summerhayes said.

“The program continues to grow and evolve each year to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community.

“This year, Council has supported local entrepreneurs with more than $30,000 awarded in the new Small Business category, along with $15,000 in the Youth Led Initiatives category that was introduced last year.”

To keep up to date with funding opportunities or to find out more about the Annual Grants Program, visit

Annual Grants Program 2019/20

Total funding awarded: $208,391

Funding awarded per grants category:

  • Events $20,000
  • Youth Led Initiatives $15,000
  • Natural Environment $2897
  • Arts and Culture $25,000
  • Local Heritage $12,000
  • Small Business $30,234
  • Community Health and Wellbeing (Recreational Facilities) $28,415
  • Community Health and Wellbeing (Community Programs and Projects) $30,000
  • Connected Rural and Urban Communities (Neighbourhood and Rural Village) $20,950
  • Connected Rural and Urban Communities (Rural Halls) $23,895

Full list of Annual Grants Program recipients

Community Health and Wellbeing

Sub Category – Recreational Facilities

Organisation Name

Project Description

Funding Approved

Wagga Rugby League Inc.

Purchase a 20 litre deep fryer and three bay hot food bar to enhance food safety per the Australian Food Standards Code


Rotary Club of Murrumbidgee Wagga Wagga Incorporated

Upgrade the facilities at Rotoract Park by installing a half-basketball court.


Wagga Wagga Combined Hockey Association

Purchase and installation of bench seating around both Synthetic fields at the Jubilee Park Hockey Complex.


Wagga Wagga Touch Association

Purchase a Line Marker to mark out fields.


Turvey Park Girl Guides

Toilet Refurbishment plus addition of cleaner's sink.


Uranquinty Tennis Club

Widen entry to cater for those with prams and wheelchairs and upgrade precinct with a retaining wall to stop damage to the courts.


Shaw St Children's Centre Inc

Installation of shade sails and Improvement of Outdoor Learning Area


Sub Category – Community Programs and Projects

Organisation Name

Project Description

Funding Approved

Wagga Wagga Community Media Incorporated

Upgrade the entry to the premises to install a certified disabled access ramp/rail as well as a compliant entry door.


Sisters Housing Enterprises Inc.

To install a shade sail over the healing space enabling women residing in crisis accommodation to utilise the space in all weather


Rainbow Riverina Incorporated

Drag show night once every two months at the Commercial Club for the local LGBTQI community and broader community.


SCA Bordescros

Build timber thrones and tournament field safety barrier.


Wagga Wagga Touch Association

Purchase of a Gator to enable ease of set up of both representative and local competitions. The gator will also be used for transportation if injuries occur around the fields.


Shinwa-Kai Karate Australia Inc.

To present a two hour interactive workshop on promoting Fundamental Movement Skills in young children presented by Dr Rachael Jefferson-Buchanan.


Carevan Wagga Inc.

Improvements to new headquarters which will allow storage of the transport van securely overnight and provide a safe haven for volunteers.


KU Kangaroo Preschool

On-site mentoring sessions with Dr Robyn Dolby (Infant Mental Health Specialist) to strengthen knowledge and practices around play space transitional procedures for arrivals and reunions to support the emotional wellbeing of children and families.


Rural Outreach Counselling Inc.

Provide 5 suicide awareness training and education workshops to community members including youth.


Connected Rural and Urban Communities Grants

Sub Category – Neighbourhood and Rural Village

Organisation Name

Project Description

Funding Approved

Gunni Thakun Cultural Association Inc.

Present a free public Corroboree event presented to the community of Wagga Wagga totalling up to 100 dancers, song men and support teams.


The RAAF Army Navy Community House

The Ranch – a support group for new or soon to be parents posted into the region and are looking to connect with one another


Menshed Wagga Wagga Inc.

The purchase of a high-pressure water spray to assist with maintenance at the Menshed.


Lapidary Club

Replace the existing reverse cycle air conditioner in the faceting room which has failed and not able to be repaired. And fit an under the sink electric hot water service in the amenities section of the club.


Wagga Wagga Bonsai Society Inc

Purchase event signage to improve public profile as well as create easier access and connectivity for the general public to locate and be involved in society’s events.


Sustaining Community Social Enterprise in Wagga Wagga

Create a community resource toolkit that assists community members to start a community enterprise that will have a long term impact within the community.


1st Wagga Wagga Scouts

Replace the existing heating in the 1st Wagga Scout Hall with efficient energy saving heating system.


Sub Category – Rural Halls

Organisation Name

Project Description

Funding Approved

Humula Progress Association

To renovate the kitchen in the Humula Soldiers Memorial Hall.


Uranquinty Progress Association Inc

Bathroom upgrade at Uranquinty Hall and adding a baby change table.


Brookdale Hall Incorporated

Install split system heating and cooling units into the Community Hall to provide a welcoming and inviting space.


Arts and Culture

Organisation Name

Project Description

Funding Approved

Riverina Concert Band

Peter Grant OAM, will travel to Wagga Wagga for two days and conduct 4 x 3 hour wind ensemble workshops at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music.


Bangla Community Sunday School

Develop a mini library consisting of Bangla books of different genres for different age groups and to develop a musical setup which will be used by the children when performing in a range of cultural events.


Salad Days

Halfway Print Fest - a celebration of independent publishing held in Wagga Wagga.


Arthur Wicks

Create an installation which simulates a real estate display promotion. The images are not of premises themselves but of the signs advertising the real estate agents and their contact details. The images come from photographic archives assembled by the artist some 40 years ago, during the 1970s and will be presented in an empty shop front in the main street of Wagga Wagga


Charles Sturt University

Listening in the Anthropocene – An exhibition which will explore the act and idea of listening to the land, to others, to difference, as encountered in embodied and virtual spaces.


Riverina Community College

Produce a beautiful, considered cinematic short film of contemporary Wiradjuri artist Brae Tye at work.


Elaine Camlin Visual Artist

Creative Futures Program - a practical mentoring and art-making program aimed at senior high school students who aspire to a career in the creative industries

$ 3,000

Wagga Wagga Art Society

The Art Society Mural Project aims to employ local artist (Luke Vineburg) to design and paint a large scale mural on the exterior walls of the Wagga Wagga Art Society Studio facing the levee bank.


Local Heritage

Organisation Name

Project Description

Funding Approved

Nadine McNamara Crowley

106 Thompson Street - replacement of roof, utilising galvanised corrugated iron to reflect original build and will fit in with surrounding heritage streetscape and roofing materials.


Owners of Strata Plan 66519 14-20 Fitzmaurice St

Remove, paint and restore the 2WG sign to its original flashing function in the Wagga Wagga night skyline.


Tim and Leanne Crimmins

136 Docker Street - painting of the timber siding on the northern side and two ornate timber awnings on the southside of the property.


Humula Progress Association

Restore to original condition the Soldiers Memorial Entrance Gates to the Humula Recreation Grounds and repair the ramp and side fences.



Organisation Name

Project Description

Funding Approved

Cancer Patients' Assistance Society of NSW (trading as Can Assist)

Foundation Day Fundraising High Tea to celebrate 15 years of Lilier Lodge being in the local government area, as well as CanAssist’s 64 years of supporting people in regional NSW affected by cancer with provision of financial and accommodation assistance.


Wagga Triants Triathlon Club

Present the Ladysmith Duathlon 2019.


The Shorthorn Society of Australia Ltd

Hold an international triennial event for shorthorn cattle breeders and enthusiasts; designed to showcase the best of shorthorn cattle, present the latest technologies and other innovative disciplines as it applies to the beef cattle industry.


South Wagga Apex

Present the World Championship Gumi Race 2020 event


Hillman Owners Club of Australia Inc

Host the 15th National Hillman Car Rally


Early Childhood Australia- NSW-Riverina Branch

To bring renowned leadership presenter Anthony Seaman to Wagga Wagga as key note speaker for an Early Childhood leadership conference.


Riverina All Schools MTB Challenge Organising Committee

Organising the only all schools mountain biking race in the Riverina region, staged at Pomingalarna Reserve.


Natural Environment

Organisation Name

Project Description

Funding Approved

Climate Rescue of Wagga Inc (CROW)

Blower door test homes in the local government area (to find leaks), and meter appliances. CROW members and home owners will discuss practices that will improve the energy efficiency of the home, reduce costs and improve comfort. Then a tradesperson will be brought in to remedy draughts and similar problems.


Wagga Women's Health Centre

Eat Well, Waste Less will focus on reducing food waste from household kitchens through presenting a series of community education workshops .


Youth Initiatives

Organisation Name

Project Description

Funding Approved

Zoe Hadler

Messages: An Asexual's Guide to Love and Group Chats - a new and original full-length play with songs that will be performed at the Charles Sturt University Riverina Playhouse in November 2019.


Create Hub Riverina

Hub Tempo - a music development and mentoring program aimed at young musicians that will focus on developing performance, voice and song writing skills.


Wagga Young Writers Group

Young writers’ start-up is a project to establish a writer’s group for young people in Wagga Wagga. The aim of this group is to provide a space to explore creativity and expand participants knowledge of writing and literature.


Declan Lucas/Sinead Brassil

Strum 2020 is a combination of two large events as well as small, focused, group workshops. The events will take place at Wagga beach and at the PCYC hall. Wagga beach will focus on live outdoor music and family fun, whilst Strum at PCYC will be focused on presenting an indoor gig targeted at young people.


Small Business

Organisation Name

Project Description

Funding Approved

Leanne Sanders

Visual Dreaming – the development of an application tool which will improve the life choices for Aboriginal people in all situations. The tool will help all service providers, educators and community planners to connect and work with Aboriginal communities and individuals to express their culture in community and service provider and consultation settings.


Bower Wood Pty Ltd

Retrofitting superficial acoustic treatments to the walls and windows in the tenancy at 30 Fitzmaurice Street to reduce noise and the purchase of "call centre" type headsets for staff to use when making phone calls.


Little Triffids Flowers

Flower farm upgrade which will include irrigation extensions and the installation of commercial shade structures, cloches and bird-proofing


Cafe Sonder

Purchase of wind barriers to surround outdoor tables and chairs.


Juju Roche Art

The engagement of a regionally based PR/Marketing specialist to assist with promoting ‘Engage’, a solo exhibition, and on a broader note, the artists business in general.



Implement a point of sale system to improve efficiencies within the business.