Manning Valley Rock Hounds Lapidary Club secures Federal funding for improvements

29th January 2019

Photo: Members Maree Bond, Shirley Leyton, Jenny Summerville, Laurie Greentrees, Dr David Gillespie MP, Peter Poole, Kevin Bond, Kevin Leyton, Jeanette Sutton, Richard Case

Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie has congratulated Manning Valley Rock Hounds Lapidary Club on securing Federal funding $3,000 towards a $6,000 upgrade of its facilities at the Wingham Showground.

Dr Gillespie said the funding would be used towards the replacement of four cabbing grinders with purpose-built machines.

“The club has a well-equipped workshop for local lapidary enthusiasts teaching faceting and cabbing to beginners, and also organise fossicking adventures locally and away and this grant will help expand and improve their facilities to help more people become involved,” Dr Gillespie said.

President Kevin Bond said without a grant, the club would only be able to replace two of the existing machines, thereby reducing the availability of equipment to club members and prospective new members.

“The existing cabbing machines are no longer fit for purpose as they are basic bench grinders which have been adapted and are not specifically designed for cabbing. The use of water in the cabbing process and its proximity to electrical components mean they need to be replaced,” Mr Bond said.

“No other such facilities exist in the local area and without these the members would not be able to pursue their chosen recreational facilities.”

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 Gloucester community has been able to benefit from this important initiative,” Dr Gillespie said.

Club members from Bulahdelah, Forster, Krambach and the Taree-Wingham area meet every Saturday from 10am until 4pm beneath the Grandstand at the Wingham Showground. Locals and visitors can also enjoy a browse through the Gem and Mineral Museum where entry is free.

Anyone wishing to know more about the club’s activities can contact 6553 1613.

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