The winning entries in this year’s Active Kyogle Community Grants have been decided, with three projects set to provide community benefits for years to come.
Grant applications had to be delivered as a face-to-face ‘pitch’, and community groups rose to the challenge, with impassioned speeches, dazzling multimedia displays, and even singing!
The Cawongla Community Centre Reserve Trust received funds for a much-needed upgrade of the Cawongla Community Centre’s kitchen.
‘This grant will make the Cawongla Community Centre more available for community functions as well as private parties, and will really increase the centre’s role as a key community hub. This is critically important for rural villages in the Northern Rivers, such as Cawongla’, said Active Kyogle’s project manager Mark Trudinger.
With the backing of the Kyogle and District Arts Council, Kyogle’s very own Semitones Community Choir will now be able to purchase an electronic keyboard.
‘The choir is a wonderful example of a community inclusion project, with members of all ages and backgrounds welcome’, Mark said. ‘The keyboard will allow the choir to expand their repertoire, and will provide an added element to the group’s already-popular public appearances, such as their recent “Bach and Beyond” performance’, Mark said.
The third grant was awarded to Kyogle District Care Connections to provide movable steps to increase access to the Kyogle Council Pool. The steps will make it easier for people with disabilities, older people, and pregnant women, to get in and out of the pool, making it more accessible to hundreds of members of the local community.