Don PageMember for Ballina- State Matters

$47,217 in sports grants for Ballina

Seven Ballina electorate sporting organisations have been awarded funding under the 2005/06 Department of Sport and Recreations Capital Assistance Program.

These grants are matched dollar for dollar by the individual sporting groups who have demonstrated their ability to financially contribute to their particular project.

The successful applicants are:

Bangalow Sports Association has received $10,000 for the extension of the amenities building at Shultz Oval, Bangalow;

Lennox Head Soccer Club has been granted $4,000 to upgrade the Skennars Head sporting fields;

$9,750 has been granted to the Alstonville Soccer Club for lighting at Crawford Park;

Tintenbar East Ballina Soccer Club has received $8,636 for ground lighting at Chickiba sports ground;

$3,278 has been allocated to the Ballina Soccer Club for portable soccer goal posts at Saunders Oval;

Ballina Little Athletics Club has been granted $4,996 for shade structures; and

Mullumbimby Showground Trust has received $6,557 for safety fencing at the showground.

New environmental funding

Three new environmental funding programs to help revitalise the environment are being made available through the Department of Environment and Conservation.

Urban sustainability grants will aim to encourage communities, industry and government to work together to revive our community environments. Grants will support stormwater harvesting and its reuse, waste recycling and avoidance, and campaigns to prevent litter and illegal dumping as well as initiatives to restore local waterways and urban bushland.

Strategic Environmental Trust grants will fund environmental research, education, restoration and waste reduction. The Environmental Trust has a well-established history of funding environmental projects, but is now being injected with further funding to boost existing grants to restore local bushland and wetlands, environmental education, Aboriginal community programs and environmental research. Funding will also be allocated to reduce waste through recycling.

The Native Vegetation Assistance Package will help farmers adjust to the new land-clearing laws under the Native Vegetation Act 2003. The three-year Native Vegetation Assistance Package will include sustainable farming grants, exit assistance for farmers and offset pools funding.

Details can be obtained through the Department of Environment and Conservation on 131 555 or via the web at www.environment.nsw.gov.au.

Premiers Seniors Week concerts

There are still a small number of tickets available though my office for the 2006 Premiers Seniors Week Gala Concert Series to be held at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Monday, April 3, at 10.30am and 2.30pm.

The concert series is always a popular production and those who have attended in previous years have commented on what an enjoyable experience it is.

Those interested in attending can contact my office for tickets.

Office contacts

Phone: 6686 7522

Fax: 6686 7470

Address: PO Box 1018, Ballina, NSW, 2478

Email: Don.Page@parliament.nsw.gov.au


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