COMMUNITY groups applied from across the region to fund projects which are important to their members.
There are some notable winners for the Tomaree Peninsula.
Arts, environments, heritage, and cultural projects were funded enriching the environment and lives of Port Stephens residents.
Of note for the environment are the Ocean and Coastal Care Initiative Port Stephens receiving $2000 towards a trailer.
Marine Parks Association gained $2000 towards the 2017 Dolphin Census.
$2,000 for the rehabilitation of the entry to Anna Bay from Nelson Bay went to Anna Bay, Birubi Point Reserves, Hall and Landcare Group.
$4,000 went to Corlette Landcare Group for habitat planting and erosion control at Kingfisher Reserve and Corlette Foreshore.
A further $2,000 was granted to Nelson Bay West Parkcare Committee for shade cloth fencing along Bagnalls Beach East Reserve.
$1,110 was granted to Shoal Bay Beach Preservation Committee to improve environmental resilience of pedestrian access to the Beach.
Schools and educational groups will also gain with The Real Futures Foundation granted $8000 for the implementation of the Shine and Speaking In Colour programs for girls through the Aboriginal Projects Fund.
Shoal Bay and Soldiers Point Public Schools will receive $500 each for the rejuvenation of a sensory garden and a vegetable patch redevelopment.
Tomaree Public School will receive $500 to embed and maintain sustainability within the school.
Councillor Sally Dover told News Of The Area, “I think it’s fabulous that so many community groups can benefit.”
“It’s a lot of money that will help so many good causes.”
“It helps us to partner with the community; I see my role as a councillor as a link between the community and Council,” she said.
You can see a full list of the grants made at the Port Stephens Council website.
By Marian SAMPSON