Grants won by local volunteer groups in Lyne

Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Surf Life Saving Club patrol members at Bennetts Beach during the recent season.

MULTIPLE volunteer groups across the Lyne Federal electorate will share in over $65,000 through the Australian Government’s 2023-24 Volunteer Grants program, including many in the Myall Coast region.

The Karuah Progress Association (KPA) has received $2000, the Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Surf Life Saving Club (TGHN SLSC) received $1500, and the Stroud District Tennis Club and the Stroud International Brick & Rolling Pin Committee each received $1000.

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Multiple Rural Fire Service brigades, including Stroud, Seaham and Wards River also shared in the grant funds. .
“We will use this grant funding to support training and resources for community and beautification projects,” KPA President Breanna Landwehr told NOTA.

“We are looking at options including graffiti removal and community paintings, and any tradies or painters who want to form a partnership, we are keen to learn.”

The TGHN SLSC will use their grant specifically for IT training for its members and patrols, as well as more general education.

“At the moment, most of the Patrol Captains just use their phones on the beach; they have to log on/off, report people numbers on the beach and in the water,” Publicity Officer Kerrie Moore explained.

“All our modern assessments are done via computers and IT, so no more chasing pieces of paper, this will make life a lot easier.”

Lyne Federal MP Dr David Gillespie has congratulated all the volunteer groups in his electorate, saying, “Volunteers are the backbone of our community, providing their time and expertise to make life better for those around them.

“The funding will be put to use in a variety of ways by the other groups, including purchasing small portable equipment, contributing to the cost of training or accreditation of volunteers and reimbursement of fuel costs, and also encouraging increased participation in volunteering.”

By Thomas O’KEEFE

The Karuah Progress Association recently installed beautiful new local images at the parklets along Tarean Road.

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