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Community Grants

Stronger Communities Fund Program

Georges River Council will support 27 local community groups from across the local government area as part of the Stronger Communities Fund Program.


Established by the NSW Government, the Stronger Communities Fund Program was designed to provide newly amalgamated Councils with funding to kick start the delivery of projects, improve local infrastructure, services and support community groups.


As part of the program, $1 million was allocated for local not-for-profit community groups to apply for grants up to $50,000.

The 2016 Georges River Council Stronger Communities Fund recipients are:

Community Development:

Organisation Funding Project
Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation $50,000 'Helping Vulnerable Kids Living in Families Affected by Mental Illness project. To provide 100 children from the Georges River LGA who are exposed to mental illness with access to Kookaburra Kids camps and activities over a 12 month period.
3Bridges Community with The Intellectual Disability Foundation of St George, Sunnyhaven and Civic $50,000 Inclusive Volunteering Program for People with a Disability. To provide purposeful engaging and ongoing volunteering experiences for people who experience exclusions due to intellectual and physical disabilities.
CanRevive Inc $50,000 Cancer Awareness Project for the Chinese Community. To publish a Health Care and Support-Services Guide and conduct a series of health related information sessions, including on Women's Cancer and Bowel Cancer, in the Georges River Council LGA.
Project Youth $50,000 Outreach Project. The program will work with young people aged 10-18 years across the Georges River LGA who may or may not be acting in an anti-social way but who can cause a general perception of fear in the community.
The Kogarah Storehouse $50,000 Upgrade and modernise kitchen. Modernise outdated kitchen and kiosk for the Storehouse to be able to meet the increasing demands for weekly meals, especially relating to the St George Community Connections Hub.
Kogarah Community Services $49,625 The Year of Yes (YOY). A program of community events culminating in a YEStival to attract new proactive community enablers, undertake a skills audit of all enablers and design a community leadership program to create George’s River leaders of the future.
Verge Collaborative Limited $31,625 Ignition and Beyond – Micro-business Capacity Building Program. To support new and existing sole-traders to identify their opportunities and establish their micro-business or increase their capacity to operate within the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Resourceful Australian Indian Network Inc. $19,250 RAIN Centre Enhancement with Storage Outfits. To improve the meeting space for community activities of Indian Sub-Continent frail aged people who are using this centre.

Cultural and Arts Development
Organisation Funding Project
St George Creative Art & Craft Centre $46,590 Interior refurbishment of the St George Creative Art & Craft Centre in Penshurst. This facility supports the development of the visual arts and crafts in the Georges River region.
Shopfront Arts Co. Op. Ltd. $44,700 Recording Studio Upgrade. Upgrading of recording studio equipment that will allow young people to develop skills in music recording and production.
Jubilee Community Services Inc $21,800 '2017 Mental Health Arts Development (MHAD) Program. To provide arts and crafts courses for people suffering mental health illnesses as an opportunity to socialise and build confidence to regain employment.
Fiestaville Multicultural Arts Inc $21,000 A program of development, performance recording and publishing for the Fiestaville Multicultural Community Choir including ‘No Kissing in Public’ – an original music theatre production.
Janaranjani $20,800 Development of website and purchase of mobile recording equipment to allow organisation to continue creating radio programs and facilitate intergenerational knowledge and skills transfer.
Australian Macedonian Theatre of Sydney Inc. $15,000 To research and develop a cross-cultural community theatre production focused on local youth issues with the involvement of several local groups of young people of different cultural backgrounds.
Environment and Conservation 
Organisation Funding Project
St George Arts and Entertainment Centre Inc $50,000 The installation of 150 square metre of green rubber softfall and a shade structure in Timothy Reserve, Hurstville for groups to practice exercise and dancing.
Lugarno Progress Association Inc. $50,000 The construction of a covered pavilion in H.V Evatt Park, adjacent to Webb's Dam, to be available for all types of performances and presentations.
Beverley Park Golf Club Limited $50,000 The removal of dead trees at the boundaries of the Beverley Park Golf Club. The dead trees present a risk to the public and property and their removal will allow for new trees to be planted.  
Oatley Flora and Fauna Conservation Society Inc with Oatley Heritage and History Society; Lugarno Progress Association; Menai Wildflower Group and Friends of Oatley $30,000 This project relates to the Oatley Castle and is to fund the production of a report by a specialised consultant on what will be required to restore the sandstone Oatley Castle structure to make it a contemporary 'hub' and maximise its use for passive recreational activities in the park.
Oatley Flora and Fauna Conservation Society Inc (OFFCS) $30,000 The funding of a concrete pathway suitable for wheel-chairs and strollers south from Myra Wall Garden car-park in Oatley Park. The pathway would extend approximately 165 metres through bushland to a viewing point which offers glimpses of the Georges River.
Jubilee Community Services Inc with TAFE St George College Outreach and Georges River College Oatley Senior Campus $11,460 Gardening/Volunteering Project. In this project assistance will be provided by community volunteers who will mentor students living with a disability and students identified as disengaged from learning to create a community garden project at the Georges River College, Oatley Campus.
Sports and Recreation
Organisation Funding Project
Renown United Sports Club Inc $50,000 The redevelopment of existing amenities block at Renown Park, Mortdale. The current amenities are over 30 years old and do not adequately cater for current community needs, including the two sporting clubs who call Renown Park home (Renown United and Oatley RSL Soccer).
St George Cycling Club $50,000 Resurfacing of Hurstville Oval Velodrome. It is hoped that resurfacing of the velodrome will result in Hurstville being able to once again top level competition.
Oatley RSL Soccer $50,000 The redevelopment of existing amenities block at Renown Park, Mortdale. The existing amenities building at Renown Park is to be replaced by a new building meeting the current community needs. The existing structure is severely outdated and provides no access or services for people with disabilities.
Olds Park Netball Association Inc $30,000 The demolition of two existing courts and construction of new courts at Olds Park Penshurst. Netball is played on these courts Saturday by OPNA but is used by the local schools during the week.
Connells Point Rovers Football Club $18,151 The purchasing of portable goal posts for the two full sized soccer fields at Poulton Park. The goals would be moved around the field to ease the wear and increase the time of the fields being open to the community.
St Joseph's Riverwood Sports Club $10,000 The purchasing of equipment for Cricket, Netball, Oz-Tag, Touch Football and T-Ball. Much of this equipment can be expensive for families to purchase so the club provided this equipment for them, allowing many children to access sport who would otherwise not be able to.
$50,000 Resurfacing of Hurstville Oval Velodrome. Resurfacing has not occurred since 1988 and is now unsafe for top line competitions.

Georges River Council Community Grants Program

In addition to this funding, Council has allocated $200,000 to local community groups through the Georges River Council Community Grants Program. This program was open to not-for-profit community groups and organisations to make an application for up to $10,000.
Successful funding recipients are listed below - all groups marked with an asterisk are groups whose projects are partially funded by Council:

Community Development

Organisation Funding Project
3Bridges Community Ltd $10,000 Georges River Through My Eyes. This project aims to support newly arrived young people aged 12-18 years from the Kogarah Intensive English Centre and Beverly Hills English School. The project provides an opportunity for the students to take photos of the local community within Georges River that reflects what they connect with.
Nurses on Wheels $9,952 Community Health Checks. To provide a minimum of 1200 health checks throughout the Georges River Council area and educate the community about the importance of regular health checks to minimise the risks that are associated with diabetes and heart diseases.
The Shepherd Centre for Deaf Children $8,400 “Ready Set Go”, a school readiness program for children in the Georges River community who are deaf or hearing impaired. The goal of the program is for the participating children to successfully transition in to mainstream schooling.
Moving Forward $8,260 Domestic and Family Violence Therapeutic Workshops. To provide a six week therapeutic and educational domestic and family violence workshop for women who have experienced or are escaping domestic and family violence.
Learning Links $7,895 Youth Mentor Project. Ten young people from Peakhurst High will facilitate a 'Reading for Life' evidence based program for ten children with learning difficulties at Peakhurst West Primary School.
Dance for Parkinson’s Australia $7,750 Dance for Parkinson’s Australia Kogarah will offer free high quality evidence based specialised dance classes for members of the Parkinson’s community, their partners and carers.
Beverly Hills Public School P&C Association
$6,250 This grant will allow the purchasing of developmental play equipment suited to the particular developmental needs of the students of Beverly Hills Public School.
CASS Care Ltd $4,950 A series of information sessions and an expo to provide information to seniors of the Chinese community, all facilitated in Chinese languages. The goal of the program is to inform and educate the community about aged care services and the impact on recent reforms.
The Kogarah Storehouse $4,000 Food provisions for hot meals and food hampers for clients accessing the St George Community Connections Hub. Individuals who attend the Hub include people who are experiencing homelessness, are in financial stress, and/or looking to exit domestic and family violence.
St George (Kogarah) Greek Senior Citizens Group $2,500* Outings and games to prevent social isolation. This project aims to create a harmonious, safe and fun environment for socially isolated senior citizens who would otherwise not have confidence to go out in the community alone.
Ladies Auxiliary/ Philopothos Greek Orthodox Church Kogarah $2,500* To assist in providing information and recreation services for approximately 90 senior citizens a week. This group promotes community awareness on health, wellbeing, cultural and community issues through a range of community partnerships.
Australian Chinese Community Association of NSW $2,027* The contribution will assist the purchasing of equipment for the organisation’s new centre opening in Hurstville. The centre will host a range of community development activities for the local community.
Senior Italian Community (SIAC) $1,500 Keep Living Life. A series of activities for seniors including light exercises, games, outings, special events and talks on topics such as health, community services and legal matters.
Playgroup NSW – Blakehurst Bugs Playgroup $1,100 The grant will assist in purchasing art and craft supplies and new toys for babies and toddlers. This group assists carers of young children, in particular new mothers, to meet other mothers and make new friends and build a local support network.
Kogarah Seniors Computer Club $528 Purchase of wireless laser colour printer. The cost of printer ink is the major expense in the running of the association. The new printer will reduce printing cost up to five times per printed page.

Cultural and Arts Development
Organisation Funding Project
Georges River Life Care $10,000 ArtsLife Access will provide weekly inclusive workshops on dance and drama to adults with and without disability from the Georges River area.
British Dancing Association/St George Dance Eisteddfod $10,000 Developing Safe Dance Practice. Purchase of Tarkett flooring so dancers have a safe space to perform classical dancing. The flooring will allow the organisation to host classical dance competitions, and for more children to join in the activity.
Shopfront Arts Co-op Ltd $10,000 New work development for Shopfront’s Bodylines Ensemble. The Bodylines Ensemble is an ongoing workshop series that focuses on providing skills development in movement and performance experience in the arts for young people with disability, aged 10 to 18.
Oatley Lions Club $8,500 Contribution towards Music in the Park 2017. This Oatley based free outdoor event will be provided for local residents with the aim to develop and promote community spirit, diversity and provide a fun and cultural event in a family setting.                                               
St George Creative Art and Craft Centre $5,000* New Ceramics Kiln. A more efficient and cost effective kiln will make the firing fees for students less expensive and allow greater usage. 
Australian Macedonian Cultural Association $5,000 The 2017 Macedonian Cinema Days Film Festival. This contribution will allow for Georges River to host a three day film festival and film production workshops featuring Macedonian made or inspired short and feature films.
Resourceful Australian Indian Network $4,800 Bridging Communities through Folk-art. A diverse group of Indian seniors will join others from around the world, including Aboriginal seniors, to learn folklore music and expression through gentle dance exercise.
Kogarah Historical Society $4,000 ‘St George Call’ Newspaper 1935 – 1939 Digitalised and Published Online. The project will allow historians, writers, school and university students to easily access a rich source of historical articles, images and much more that deals specifically with the history of the St George District area.
Discovery Writers $2,990* Development of a new Discovery Writer’s website and contribution towards the Microtexts project: a series of workshops, focussing on short texts, to be held monthly at Hurstville Library.
The Kogarah Writers’ Group $2,950 Stories, Poetry and Workshops. This project includes a celebration of stories from local senior citizens and troubled youth; the production of comforting and inspirational poetry leaflets for distribution to doctors, dentists and nursing homes; and two writing workshops with external facilitators.
Ocean Dream Cultural Art Centre of Australia $2,620 International Women’s Day Celebration. A display of traditional Chinese culture to people from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds which will assist in generating community harmony.
Greek Orthodox Community of NSW $2,000* The Mermaid’s Melodies. A celebration of music and experiences which connect people around the Mediterranean Sea through art. This will be a locally held event as part of the Sydney Greek Festival.
Kogarah Concert Band
$1,500 Purchase of a defibrillator and resuscitation mask. Many members of the Kogarah Concert Band are over 55 years of age. This equipment will also be available for use of two other bands that also rehearse at the Kogarah School of Arts. The unit will also be taken to performances.
St George Brass Band $1,010 Mallets, Mutes and Music. To purchase mallets for tuned percussion instruments, a crash cymbal for the drum kit, a set of mutes for the cornet section, and band scores suitable for use at 2017 State Band Championships.
St George Concert Band $800 Purchase of music for the members to perform and to provide enjoyment for those in the audience.

Environment and Conservation
Organisation Funding Project
Hurstville Community Garden Association $10,000 Wheelchair Accessible Pathway and Garden Beds. The grant will allow the association to offer universal accessibility to all community members of the Georges River Council region who are friends and guests of the garden.
Oatley Flora and Fauna Conservation Society Inc. $6,404 Oatley Park Walking Track Signage. New signage will be erected at the start and finish of the three main walks. Also, post markers will be installed along these and other tracks which will refer to features of particular interest. Further information about these features will be made available from brochures and using QR codes linked to the organisation’s website.
Hurstville Bush Care Volunteer’s Network $4,584* This grant will allow for updating of tools, safety equipment and clothing for the Bush Care Volunteers. It will also allow for the renewing of promotional materials and resources used by both the former Hurstville and Kogarah Bush Care Programs to reflect the Council amalgamation.
Poulton Park Bush Care Volunteers $2,200 The Plant Propagation for Bush Care Project involves setting up a plant propagation system to create plants from local plant stock which will be used in Georges River Council bush care projects.
Sports and Recreation
Organisation Funding Project
St George Little Athletics $10,000 Athletics Equipment Upgrade. This project is to replace the current track timing gates and high jump stands. This will allow for an improvement in operational efficiency, result accuracy and bring the club into competition standards.      
Lugarno Football Club $9,930 This grant will fund the purchases of additional goal posts, agility poles and both training and match balls. This equipment renewal will benefit the approximately 600 club members.
Chinese Parents Association – Children with Disabilities Inc. $6,500 This is a program providing six sessions of recreation and independent living skills training to a group of culturally and linguistically diverse young people and adults with disability who reside in the Georges River Council area.
Oatley Fishing and Tennis Inc. $1,600 Life in Motion – Getting Out and About. Purchase of rear canvas wall for the marquee so that it is weather proof and other equipment that will allow the club to promote its activities which aim to reduce social isolation in the community.