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Connecting northern neighbours through a picnic, barbecue and sports day

connecting neighbours grants

A RUSSELL Vale sports day, a Bulli community picnic and street barbecue at Fairy Meadow are among the activities in northern Wollongong funded under the latest ‘Connecting Neighbours Grants’.

Now in its third round, the Wollongong City Council grants program aims to strengthen and celebrate neighbourhoods at the grass roots level, creating connections and building strong communities.

Eleven successful 2019-2020 grant recipients were endorsed by Council on Monday.

With the funding one community group will hold a barbecue in a Fairy Meadow park to encourage new residents, families and older residents to meet, have a chat and to share information on their neighbourhood.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the grants will help neighbours enjoy communal activities and make lasting friendships.

“From building a verge garden to holding a community picnic to discuss sustainability, these grant projects will encourage people to get together with their neighbours, and perhaps talk to someone from a different background.

“They are also an important opportunity for older residents to get out and meet new families and other residents,” Cr Bradbery said.

Successful Connecting Neighbours Grants for 2019-2020 are:

  • Do Drop In, Bulli (Up to $250)
  • Hall Park Community Barbecue. Fairy Meadow (Up to $250)
  • Bond Street Verge Garden, Bellambi (Up to $250)
  • Farrell Gardens Social Inclusion Program, Bulli (Up to $1,000)
  • Bulli Zero Waste Community Picnic (Up to $1,000)
  • Russell Vale Community Sports Days (Up to $1,000)

You can find more information about the Grants here.


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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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