26th November 2018
Photo (L-R): Local Federal MP Dr David Gillespie with Comboyne Club Board Members Bill Gardner, Michael Azzopardi, Chris Bell, David, Jenny Hurrell, Mary Nelson, Katrina McLeod. Absent was Scott Gardner.
Comboyne Ex-Services and Citizen Club has received the first down payment towards a long-term upgrading plan involving a number of projects to improve facilities at the club house.
Announcing $9,975 in funding towards the upgrade of disabled facilities in the club, Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie said new restroom and toilet facilities would be built to help improve patronage at the club.
“The board at Comboyne Club has briefed me on a broader plan to upgrade the club’s facilities, and this initial $19,950 upgrade will improve access for people with disabilities and the elderly,” Dr Gillespie said.
Board Member Jenny Hurrell said the $19,950 worth of improvements would help attract more locals and visitors to the Club.
“Currently, we find it difficult to cater for bus groups of elderly people who require wheelchair access or motorised chair access, along with younger people with disabilities because we don’t have the necessary facilities,” Mrs Hurrell said.
“The Club also caters for a range of sporting, social and community groups and their various events. Further improvements to the club are essential if we are to continue to cater for these events and increase the number of people that come to the club.”
The funding is being made available under the Federal Coalition Government’s Stronger Communities Program (SCP).
Under the latest funding round, each electorate will receive $150,000 to allocate towards successful projects, with a maximum of 20 projects to be funded per electorate.
Dr Gillespie said the additional investment for a fourth round of SCP would ensure that local decision making continues to play a decisive role in funding community building projects.
“Grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 are awarded to successful applications and I am delighted that the Comboyne community has been able to benefit from this important initiative,” Dr Gillespie said.