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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Branxton Lions unveil upgraded road safety signage

Ensuring motorists remain safe and sound is a priority of the Lions Club of Branxton.

And, Cessnock MP Clayton Barr recently met up with members of the organisation to view their newly-refurbished road safety signage, which was made possible through the NSW Community Building Partnerships Program (CBPP).

The local Lions were successful in receiving a grant of $4115 to replace the previous signs as part of the 2020 CBPP grants.

The Community Building Partnership Program, introduced by the Labor government in 2009, has provided funding to thousands of groups, sporting clubs and councils across NSW to build or upgrade facilities.

The initiative also provides financial backing to invest in infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes, while promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion.

“It is always great to see funding being injected into our community,” Mr Barr said.

“The Lions Club of Branxton’s road safety signage plays an important role in helping to keep our community safe and in promoting road safety to residents and visitors.”

Club president Brian Thomas was thrilled with the assistance.

“We in the Lions Club of Branxton are very grateful to the NSW Government for assisting with funds to support this project,” he said.

“Our road safety signs are iconic but they were unfortunately looking a bit jaded and worn before we were able to re-furbish them with the grant from the NSW Community Building Partnership Program.

“The wording of this signage is well-known throughout the country and, in fact, was referred to by the Governor-General when he visited Branxton previously.

“He said it reminded him of his time serving in the Armed Forces at Singleton.

“The road safety message ‘we have two cemeteries and no hospital’ rings very true today and we certainly welcome careful drivers to Branxton.”

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

In 2020, the electorate of Cessnock secured $300,000 for a total of 23 ventures.

For further information about the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program, visit www.nsw.gov.au/cbp

Applications for the next round will open in early 2021.