Boon for 25 community groups
Twenty five community organisations in the Byron Shire have shared in more than $243,000 in volunteer grants announced last week by Federal Member for Richmond Justine Elliot.
A total of 73 community organisations on the North Coast have received money.
Organisations will receive grants of between $1000 and $5000 through the Volunteer Grants initiative to cover the cost of petrol and much-needed equipment such as computers, barbecues, air-conditioners and refrigerators.
“Volunteers are the backbone of our community,” Ms Elliot said.
“Every day volunteers are out in the community doing what they do best, helping those in need, nurturing our environment and completing police and background checks.
“They provide valuable support to organisations that keep out local community together.”
The 25 Byron Shire organisations to receive the grants include: Drill Hall Theatre Company Mullumbimby $2,395; Australian Goodwill Bicycles Abroad Incorporated Bangalow $4,700; Bangalow Historical Society $2975; Bangalow Men’s Bowling Club $2220; Brunswick Heads Project Office $3900; Brunswick Valley Junior AFL $2100; Byron Breast Cancer Support Group $2845; Fletcher Street Cottage Byron Bay $3633; Byron Neighbourhood Resource Centre Byron Bay $3495; Federal Rural Fire Service $3000; Ocean Shores Community Centre Management Committee $3640; Ocean Shores Tidy Town Committee $3921.75; Byron United Byron Bay $4800; Creative Peoples Collective Inc Federal $4360; Byron Bay Croquet Club $2600; Indigenous and Pacific Cultural Network Byron Bay $5000; Kulchajam Inc Byron Bay $4439; Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce $1390; Mullumbimby Community Garden $5000; Mullumbimby Pony Club $2405; The Australian Sjorgen’s Syndrome Association Mullumbimby $2037; Coorabell Hall Association $4500; Brunswick Heads RSL Sub Branch $5000; The Uncle Project Byron Bay $2850 and Marine Rescue Cape Byron $2460.