ABERDEEN was in the money on Monday, with two local groups benefitting from the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership fund.
The town’s pre-school secured $20,000 to repair and repaint the centre’s ceiling and walls, while the neighbouring men’s shed pocketed $13,940 to improve the access to its car park.
Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen congratulated both organisations on their respective windfalls.
“The government is investing in infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes, while promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion,” he said.
“The Aberdeen Pre-School and Aberdeen Men’s Shed are worthy recipients.
“I’m sure the funding will come in handy.”
Aberdeen Men’s Shed president Phil Russell said the group’s “unfinished” car park was just one project in the pipeline.
“We’re working on it – and talking to [Upper Hunter] council,” he explained.
“At the moment, there are about 15 vehicles [out there] one day a week when we meet.
“So, it would be nice to tar and cement the pathway from the men’s shed to the car park [when it’s complete].
“Our long-term goal is to extend the premises in the future.
“Thanks to Michael Johnsen for the grant – it’s much-appreciated.
“And, our door is open for any jobs in the community.”
The members, who gather at the men’s shed – located at Jefferson Park – every Wednesday, have been busy of late.
The recently built an outdoor barbecue setting for the Scone-based archery club at its Lake Glenbawn range.
The organisation hosts competitions there once a month.