My Community Grants fund two local projects

The Kiama LGA has scored the majority of the Kiama Electorate funding under the My Community Grants program.

Gerringong Lions Rugby League Club was successful in gaining $187,000 of the total $282,000 allocated to our State electorate, with the Minnamurra Quarry Pump Track initiative being awarded $50,000.

A new Meals on Wheels kitchen at Bommaderry was the only project outside of the Kiama LGA to receive funding, which was awarded through a system of popular voting.

The funding, and what they have put aside, will allow the Lions to complete the renovation and extension of their club house complex.

Daryl Hobbs with some of the young Gerringong Lions in front of the half completed clubhouse

“We got the original DA through in 2012 and we’ve been chipping away at it since then,” says President Daryl Hobbs.

“We are hoping it will be finished by the middle of next year.”

He says a lot of voluntary labour and mates rates by professional builders have kept down the costs of the project so far.

“It is an investment in the future of Gerringong, not just our rugby league club, as it will be of benefit to the whole community to have a place to gather.

“It is already a community centre managed by the club, but when we finally finish the top floor there will be more facilities other groups can use for meetings and the like when available.”

Mr Hobbs says the club’s strength comes from its long history and grass roots focus.

“The kids come to training and love to interact with the seniors when they finish.

“They just can’t wait to pull on the red, white and blue and play for Gerringong.”

He thanks everyone who voted for their project.

“This is going to be a great facility for the whole of Gerringong.”

Details: Information on the other winning projects is at mycommunityproject.service.nsw.gov.au

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