Local surf clubs, sporting groups and community gardeners receive funding for new equipment and other upgrades

State MP for Keira Ryan Park with Woonona Community Garden members, who have received funding for an expansion.

THIRROUL Surf Club will be able to purchase new gym equipment, while Woonona Community Garden will expand after 21 local community groups were awarded vital funds for improvement projects.

While Thirroul Surf Club topped the list for funding ($35,000), Corrimal Public School followed a close second with a $29,200 grant for a soft-fall playground.

State MP for Keira Ryan Park said a total of $400,000 was available for not-for-profit organisations in the Keira electorate which allowed them to apply for funding to improve or expand their services and facilities.

Also receiving funding were Woonona Community Garden ($8,953) for the expansion of their grounds opposite Ocean Park (South).

Sandon Point Boardriders also received $22,000 for a judging and gear trailer.

“These organisations provide an invaluable service to our community,” Mr Park said.

“These funds will assist them to improve their facilities, perform much needed maintenance or purchase new equipment can often make a remarkable difference to their ability to effectively provide these services to local residents.

“I am pleased to have been able to assist 21 community groups including the Woonona Community Garden who are going to use their funds to expand their gardens.

“Community Organisations are a lifeline for many local residents and I am very happy to have been able to provide them with a little extra help” he said.

Bellambi Foootball Club also received $19,441 for a new ride-on lawn mower.

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A 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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is 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 managed several community newspapers. He has been 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), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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