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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

$300,000 boost for Maitland community organisations

Maitland organisations will benefit to the tune of $300,000, thanks to the NSW Government’s 2020 Community Building Partnership Program.

The generous funding boost is expected to finance 15 projects, including a playground redevelopment in the Bolwarra district, repairs and refurbishment at the East Maitland War Memorial Community Hall, an alfresco play area at Maitland Family Day Care and a timing system for the Maitland Triathlon Club.

Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison said the state government funds would deliver much-needed improvements to local facilities that will assist a wide-range of groups across the community.

For example, Maitland Men’s Shed received a major allocation, $64,261, for the purchase and installation of a wheelchair-accessible lift.

“I am delighted that men with mobility issues will now be able to take a more active part in the operations of Maitland Men’s Shed,” Ms Aitchison said.

“Research has shown how beneficial it is for men to be part of these organisations.

“It’s fantastic we can make it accessible for even more Maitland men.”

Maitland City Council also acquired a substantial allocation for the construction of female-friendly amenities at Alan & Don Lawrence Oval, Thornton.

Funding will also aid a diverse range of organisations ranging from the City of Maitland Pipes and Drums to Maitland Repertory Theatre.

“This grassroots backing will directly help create a more vibrant and inclusive local community with positive outcomes for sporting organisations, community groups, children and families, charitable organisations and cultural groups,” Ms Aitchison said.

“I congratulate all those who were successful in their application.

“I look forward to seeing how these projects make a real difference for community groups in the area.”

The Community Building Partnership Program has funded more than 15,000 projects since it started in 2009.

Applications for next year’s round will open in early 2021.

For more information about the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program, visit NSW Government website.

The full list of successful projects in the Maitland electorate for the 2020 round are:

  • Playground redevelopment, Bolwarra district ($20,000)
  • Stretcher, St John Ambulance Maitland ($11,499)
  • Female Friendly Amenities, Alan & Don Lawrence Oval, Thornton ($40,000)
  • Purchase and installation of oven/stove, Millers Forest Community Hall ($4710)
  • Repairs and refurbishment, East Maitland War Memorial Community Hall ($15,765)
  • Food preparation area, Bolwarra Uniting Church ($35,000)
  • Wheelchair-accessible lift, Maitland Men’s Shed ($64,261)
  • Facilities and equipment upgrade, Youth Express ($24,339)
  • Solar, air-conditioning and plumbing, East Maitland Guide Hall ($20,999)
  • Alfresco play area, Maitland Family Day Care ($8000)
  • Mezzanine workshop floor, Morpeth Men’s Shed ($15,000)
  • Solar Project, Maitland St Vincent de Paul ($4255)
  • Lighting and air-conditioning, City of Maitland Pipes and Drums ($9380)
  • Coloured LED Sign, Maitland Rep Theatre ($12,000)
  • Timing system, Maitland Triathlon Club ($14,792)