COMMUNITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIP GRANT RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

COMMUNITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIP GRANT RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

18 December 2009

See attached list of successful applicants

The National’s Member for Lismore, Thomas George has today welcomed the list of groups from the Lismore electorate who were successful in gaining funding under the Community Building Partnership Grants.

“I congratulate these 17 organisations on gaining funding for their much needed projects throughout the Lismore electorate,” Mr George said.

“These groups will share in the $400 000 allocated to projects within our electorate, which includes the additional $100 000 for having a high unemployment rate in the Lismore electorate.

“There was a small delay in the announcement due to the recent change of NSW Premier however, today the successful groups were contacted and told the good news that their projects will be funded under the Community Building Partnership Grant.”

Mr George said that while communities across the Lismore electorate would benefit from the projects because of the Community Building Partnership Grant, he said the decision would leave many groups disappointed.

“I am sad for the many groups who were not successful this time because there were a lot of great projects that will not go ahead because they did not receive Community Building Funding and do not fit into the criteria of other NSW Government department grants.

“As I said earlier this year, the overwhelming response from across the Lismore Electorate regarding the Community Building Partnerships is proof that communities are struggling to source funding.

“The government needs to offer a greater variety of grants, more regularly, to ensure rural and remote communities are not left behind and these miscellaneous projects that do not seem to fit into a particular grant criteria are not left hanging.

Mr George urged the groups who were not successful to look to other grants available which may assist their projects.

“The website www.communitybuilders.nsw.gov.au is a vital source for groups who are seeking a funding avenue for a project.

“I do hope that those groups who were not successful in gaining Community Building Partnership funding will use this website to look in to other sources of funding” concluded Thomas George.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577