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New fund benefits local groups

Published: 30 Jul 2021 9:58am

The inaugural Community@Work fund has allocated $44,296 in grants to seven local groups for the 2021-22 financial year.

The new Community@Work Fund, launched earlier this year, is aimed at providing an avenue for community members and organisations to request financial assistance for their proposed capital work or one-off activity.

This project is primarily for the benefit of a community need which is not otherwise being met.

There were 12 applications received which requested a total of $253,879 from the $95,372 available.

The total amount of unallocated funds is $51,076, which will be held in the Community Works Reserve and made available for the 2022-23 funding round, in addition to what is anticipated to be available for next year’s round.

The successful applicants which received part or full funding for their projects are:

  • North Wagga Residents Association Inc.: $20,000 for resources for North Wagga Village Heritage Track
  • South Wagga Anglican Church: $7,000 for a fenced outdoor play space.
  • Tarcutta Progress Association: $5,750 for a mural at Paddy Osborne Park.
  • Anglican Parish of Wagga Wagga - St Saviours Church Ladysmith: $5,000 for access ramp.
  • The Smoking Butcher (Michael Cameron): $3,276 for men’s health barbecue activity ‘Meat Up’
  • Demonstration Gardens Wagga Wagga: $1,900 for purchase of new garden beds.
  • Carevan Wagga Incorporated: $1,370 for purchase of mobile IT device and signage.

Community@Work is funded from a levy on capital works project budgets. The first $50,000 is transferred to the Public Art Reserve to fund items contained within the Public Art Program.

The balance goes to the Community Works Reserve and is available through the Community@Work Fund.

Councillors endorsed the initiative at their 26 April Ordinary Council meeting this year.