$95,154 TO UPGRADE IMPORTANT COMMUNITY SPACES IN MOREE

$95,154 TO UPGRADE IMPORTANT COMMUNITY SPACES IN MOREE

Moree’s Miyay Birray Youth Service CEO Darrel Smith, left, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Glen Crump discuss the new fence to be built with the $50,000 grant.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announced $95,154 in funding from the NSW Government for two local Moree organisations to build and improve community spaces that benefit social housing tenants and the broader community.

Mr Marshall met with Miyay Birray Youth Service CEO Darrel Smith and Moree Shire Council representatives last week to deliver the good news and discuss their project plans.

“Miyay Birray Youth Service has received a $50,000 grant to build a secure fence around a community garden which will be used by social housing tenants to grow their own produce,” Mr Marshall said.

“It will be a great place for the tenants to relax and socialise with each other.

“The fence will also provide extra security for Miyay Birray’s community facilities and assets.”

Mr Marshall said Moree Plains Shire Council had received $45,154 to work on two projects which will assist in promoting better integration between social housing tenants and the broader community.

“The first project to be undertaken will be at Sullivan Place Park where council will install multi-code football posts to provide at-risk youth with the infrastructure to play sport,” he said.

“Council also make improvements at the children’s playground in Stanley Village by installing new play equipment which will include basketball hoops, football posts, sheltered seated and lighting.”

Mr Marshall said the funding had been made available through Round Three of the Government’s Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF) which makes available one-off grants of up to $50,000 for councils, not-for-profit organisations and private sector organisations.

“The funding from the SHCIF not only improves community facilities, but brings tenants, neighbours and the wider community together,” he said.

“I am thrilled that these projects got the nod from the State Government and I congratulate Moree Plains Shire Council and Miyay Birray Youth Service on their successful applications and thank them for their commitment to providing improved spaces for vulnerable families to enjoy.”

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