Baerami Memorial School of Arts Hall, Compass Housing Services, Early Links Inclusion Support Service, Denman Little Athletics, McCully's Gap Hall Inc, Merton Living Limited, St Martin's Guild, Sunnyfield and Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council benefit

Local groups 'in the money'

NINE groups will share in almost $14,000 after successfully receiving Muswellbrook Shire Council community grants last week.

Councillors approved the round one funding at their monthly meeting, with the Baerami Memorial School of Arts Hall the big winner.

A total of $4503.40 will be used to upgrade a commercial fridge to assist with catering at functions, as well as storing cold drinks and food in emergency situations.

Compass Housing Services collected $2000 to provide access to gardening equipment, to volunteers, to assist residents in maintaining their properties in South Muswellbrook and other areas of the community.

It is hoped the concept creates a sense of place for the locals.

The Early Links Inclusion Support Service, located at Muswellbrook, also pocketed $1500.

The money will fund the development of a functional and practical social skills program and the purchase of supplies to support children with social communication difficulties in the community.

The resources encourage wide-ranging curiosity in students to boost social-emotional learning.

Other beneficiaries of the community grants include:

  • Denman Little Athletics (Denman football/athletics field) - $299: To go towards shelves in the equipment shed, to help manage the stock in an efficient and safe manner.
  • McCully's Gap Hall Inc. (Sandy Creek Road) - $1000: For new staircase and handrails to the stage.
  • Merton Living Limited (Merton Court Hostel, Virginia Street, Denman) - $1100: To install two flagpoles to display the Australian and Aboriginal flags at Merton Court as requested by residents.
  • St Martin's Guild (St Martin's Community Hall, Martindale) - $1485: To continue the 2019 upgrade of plumbing systems with the installation of a flushing system and hand basin in the men's urinal space.
  • Sunnyfield (Sunnyfield, Sydney Street, Muswellbrook) - $1100: The Community Services Hub at Muswelllbrook helps 20 people with intellectual disability to participate in everyday life. The hub has an unused room and staff would like to convert this space into a sensory haven for clients by painting, placing down soft, easy to clean mats as flooring and purchasing new equipment.
  • Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council (on behalf of the Wanaruah NAIDOC Committee, Muswellbrook) - $826: To host a NAIDOC Flag Raising and Fun Day event in July to bring the community together, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, to celebrate the beginning of NAIDOC Week. As well, the Upper Hunter NAIDOC Awards is an event for all residents to celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal people.