30th November 2018
Photo: Wendy Hoare, Local Federal MP Dr David Gillespie, Harrington Crowdy Head Chamber of Commerce President Cliff Hoare and Chamber Vice-President Mike Parsons
The Harrington-Crowdy Head Chamber of Commerce can now proceed with its plans to develop a “The Harrington Historical Walk” along the town’s foreshore thanks to a Federal grant announced today by Local Federal MP Dr David Gillespie.
Dr Gillespie today announced $5,000 towards the $20,000 project which will see new information boards erected along the foreshore detailing history of various sites.
Harrington was founded by John Oxley on 19th October 1818 and became the largest ship building centre in Australia with hundreds of boats being built on the banks of the Manning River.
“This is a great local project that highlights some interesting parts of our local history, particularly the early boom times that occurred 200 years ago,” Dr Gillespie said.
Harrington-Crowdy Head Chamber of Commerce President Cliff Hoare said the project was a joint community effort involving many locals, including the Harrington Men’s Shed and the Harrington Lions Club.
“The Men’s Shed will be constructing the information boards with timber supplied by the Chamber and the Lions Club is providing the labour to erect the signs,” Mr Hoare said.
“The Chamber is meeting the remaining costs of the project. The actual metal plaques are being printed by Manning Signs in Taree.”
“This project will create a tourist attraction along the pathway on the on the banks of the Manning River and back waters setting out the history of some of the early years of Harrington. It will preserve and promote the history of the Harrington area for future generations to experience.”
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.