Wellington has won major grants from the state government as part of its community building partnership program and Wellington Information Neighbourhood Services centre manager Alison Conn is elated.
Ms Conn celebrated in her office when she heard from the State Member Andrew Gee who revealed she had received a grant of $51,000 to assist the WINS move to their new site in the old Orana Regional Aboriginal Corporation building.
“We thank the local member for his hard work. This will be significant for our move here,” she said.
Together with her staff, Ms Conn believes the move will assist the whole community because the new building is bigger.
“It will also have a major youth space, the first of its kind for our young here,” she said.
Mr Gee also believes the WINS move may also help with Wellington’s youth problems.
“I think this will give them somwehere to go and meet with others,” he said.
Other beneficiaries of the investment by the NSW government include the Gollan Hall, the PCYC, the Old Wellington Gaol, the Geurie Race Course, Girl Guides, the cricket association, and Ponto Falls.
The projects are varied and include upgrades, restorations, refurbishments and protection of local landmarks.
Mr Gee said he was delighted NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell announced the roll out of $35 million for 1424 community projects throughout the state.
“Wellington Council region has eight projects ranging from $5000 to $51,000 that will receive funding, making a great impact on the day to day lives of our communities,” Mr Gee said.
“Local construction and trades jobs and local businesses stand to benefit from the activity as community infrastructure is built, refurbished or enhanced.
“There was strong competition for the available funds and a high level of interest from the community with almost 3,000 applications received across the state in total.
“Overall funding requests exceeded $152 million, a significant increase over the $118 million sought in the previous program.
“I look forward to seeing the benefits to our communities as projects are undertaken and more importantly put into use across the Orange Electorate.”
All told $129,750 has been allocated to projects in the Wellington Council area under the CBP program.
Projects to receive funding in Wellington are:
Wellington Information and Neighbourhood Services Inc (Upgrade Swift Street facility) $51,000.
Wellington Council (restoration heritage brick wall at Old Wellington Gaol) $10,000.
PCYC Wellington (upgrade bathroom facilities) $19,000.
Geurie Racecourse Trust (grandstand painting and refurbish kitchen) $18,750. \
Wellington District Cricket Assn (upgrade lighting at Rygate Park) $5,000.
Wellington Girl Guides (repairs and upgrade toilets and bathroom at guide hall) $10,000.
Gollan Hall Trust (erect unisex disabled toilet) $14,000.
Mid Macquarie Landcare Inc. (Ponto Falls Reserve protection and enhancement) $2000.