PRESIDENT of the Rotary Club of Salamander Bay, Ina George is jumping for joy after receiving the news that the Club has secured a grant of $35,500 to improve George Reserve on Soldiers Point Road at Salamander Bay.
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Ina has a family connection to the reserve and is passionate about improving it for the thousands of visitors that use the park each year.
The club are recipients of the 2018 Community Building Partnership Grant.
The reserve is a District Park and is in need of an upgrade, the funds will be used to remove some very old seating, place a large concrete pad and install 4 sets of tables and chairs under cover seating.
Ina George told News Of The Area, “The second stage will go ahead under the SRV brought forward from 2026 to 2019-20, which will hopefully replace the toilet block and install some bright colourful play equipment.
“This will be a joint project between Salamander bay Rotary Club and Port Stephens Council,” she said.
These annual grant programs provide much needed funding to local community groups and organisations to support their vital work in their neighbourhoods.
In 2018, a total of $380,000 has been secured for Port Stephens organisations of which $35,500 will go to improvements in George Reserve.
Member for Port Stephens, Kate Washington MP said, “As a member of the judging panel for these grants, I was pleased to support applications from all across Port Stephens.
“I’m very pleased to have secured $35,500 in funding for Salamander Bay Rotary Club to upgrade George Reserve.
“I thank the Club for their hard work and commitment to improving our community’s assets,” she said.
By Marian SAMPSON