31st January 2019
Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie has announced Federal funding towards refurbishment of the Hawks Nest Community Hall.
Dr Gillespie said a Federal grant of $5,000 would be made available towards a $16,000 project which includes painting and repairs to the main building.
“The Hall is an important local asset that provides a venue for community events and groups. Improvements to the amenity of the hall will mean additional comfort for users of the facility, many of whom are older members of our community who rely on the Hall for their social interaction and support,” Dr Gillespie said.
“There are a number of local community groups and organisations including U3A, the progress association and the community health centre that regularly use the Hall, and this work is will be
Dr Gillespie said in a meeting with users of the hall, members of the community expressed a desire for a larger more modern multi-purpose facility to be built in the Hawks Nest-Tea Gardens area to cater for a growing number of local community activities.
“While this work is certainly welcome, I very much understand the desire for a new facility, or significant extension to the facilities that are already there. For the many groups that use the hall there is a general consensus that there certainly is a need to expand and update the community facilities available here in Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens,” Dr Gillespie said.
“I’ll be discussing with MidCoast Council what options can be pursued in the medium term. Whether it’s a project that seeks to expand the current site or a new site, it may of course be something that can be pursued with the assistance of funding from various State or Federal Government programs,’ he added.
The Federal funding has been made available under the latest funding round of the Stronger Communities programme, 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 local community has been able to benefit from this important initiative,” Dr Gillespie said.