OPINION: Relative Spending – Library upgrade vs Neighbourhood Centre

DEAR News Of The Area,

THE proposed $5 million Nambucca Library upgrade would fund a reinstated Nambucca Neighbourhood Centre for the next ten years.

The $5 million grant monies therefore should set a precedent for community not-for-profit facilities in this area.

Reinstating our lapsed neighbourhood centre is another project currently being progressed.

In my opinion investment to support community health in this form is strategic and proactive returning fiscal savings via productive community outcomes such as the ShoreTrack youth program etc.

Every surrounding area – Urunga, Bellingen, Dorrigo, Kempsey, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour – has a Neighbourhood Centre.

It goes with the territory.

The Nambucca Valley needs parity based on its glaring demographic need and disadvantage.

We hope the State Government will be as generous in a grant allocation to reinstate our Neighbourhood Centre in 2023.

Nambucca Heads.

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