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Community groups to benefit from share of $200,000


Administrator of Georges River Council, John Rayner, said 34 not-for-profit community groups within the local area are set to benefit from a share of $200,000 as part of the first round of the 2017 Georges River Community Grants Program.
Following the success of the 2016 Community Grants Program, over 70 local groups applied for funding in this year’s program to help support projects and initiatives which will deliver benefits to members of the local area, Mr Rayner said.
Mr Rayner added that in awarding the grant funding it was also decided to award Council’s community bus to Kogarah Community Services.
“I would like to congratulate all the successful applicants that have received funding through this program as well as Kogarah Community Services for being awarded the ownership of Council’s community bus.”
“Council has required that as part of awarding the bus to Kogarah Community Services, that the organisation makes the bus available to other groups at a low cost when it is not being utilised,” he said.
Mr Rayner said of the community groups that requested funding, 34 were successful in receiving grants ranging between $600 and $10,000.”
“The total amount of funding will see approximately $130,000 go towards community projects that are focused on community development, while over $35,000 will go towards arts and cultural development.”
“A total of $23,600 will go towards sports and recreational projects and $10,000 towards environment and conservation,” he added.
Mr Rayner explained applicants were assessed against a range of criteria including the social, cultural and economic benefits of each group’s project.

“I would also like to remind all not-for-profit community groups, that Council will be holding a second round of community grants later this year.”
“This will see a total of $400,000 go towards community projects and initiatives, which is up from the $200,000 that was awarded in Council’s 2016 Community Grants Program.”
“Council is committed to supporting the continuous improvement of locally-driven projects and initiatives, which meet local needs and build capacity in the wider community.”
“Each group will be recognised at a special event later this month.”
For more information please contact Council on 9330 6400 or visit

A list of the successful funding applicants is provided below – groups marked with an asterisk are groups whose projects are partially funded by Council:
Community Development Category:

Organisation Project Summary Recommended Funding
Kogarah Community Services A two part program that will create new on-site occasional childcare facilities, and a series of multicultural cooking workshops. celebrating the diversity of our multicultural community. $10,000
Hurstville Rotary Club Renovate and refurbish four spaces at St George Hospital for sick children including a soft play system in the Children’s Ward. $10,000
Civic Disability Services Hurstville Hub's ‘Chill Zone’, a project to address social isolation and develop social skills for young people with disabilities. $10,000
St George School Parents and Community Committee Facilitate training for children with disabilities to learn to use eye-gaze technology. The training will provide participating children with an opportunity to learn this new technology, which could help them communicate with their families and other community members. $10,000
3 Bridges Community Inc. To develop a resource workshop kit on the risks and consequences of sexting. The resource will be available to all local schools and youth services. $10,000
Advance Diversity Services & White Ribbon Australia The project will provide knowledge and resources to men from Nepalese, Bangladeshi and Chinese communities regarding issues of gender inequality and domestic violence, and its impact on children. $10,000
Carer Support Service Inc. To provide a Resilient Carers Program. This Kogarah-based program will deliver skills-based workshops for dealing with the stresses and difficulties of full time caring for a loved one. $10,000
The Kogarah Storehouse Tiny Toes, a playground held on a weekly basis where mothers, carers and babies can come together in a relaxed friendly environment. $9,976
CanRevive Inc. ‘Life is better with Yoga’ – a program targeting members from the Chinese community affected by cancer. $8,800
Resourceful Australian Indian Network ‘Healing Garden and Grandma’s Secret Cure Tips’, a project with the aim to enhance Indian sub-continent seniors’ quality of life through a hands-on educational process. $8,700
Lions Club of Oatley Inc. Purchase of equipment to be used at major community events, including ‘The Oatley Village Festival’ and ‘Music in the Park’. $7,358
Chinese Australian Services Society Information Expo for Chinese seniors on local aged care services. $4,141*
Australian Breastfeeding Association Southern Metro Region Workshops targeted at Indigenous, culturally diverse groups and young mothers on the benefits of breastfeeding. $4,050
St George Tenants Council Inter-social, Inter-cultural and Inter-faith Connect:  five bus trips and five educational forums to discuss the differences of the five major religions. $3,705
Nicole Fitzsimmons Foundation Dance From Your Heart: a five-week dance program for students with disability in mainstream schools. $2,640
Ladies Auxiliary Philoptochos Greek Orthodox Church Support for the seniors group who meet weekly for morning tea, to receive relevant information, celebrate festivities and occasional bus trips. $2,500*
St George (Kogarah) Greek Senior Citizens Group Support for this local Greek seniors group to reduce social isolation and stay informed on topics relevant to their health and wellbeing. $2,425*
St George Cancer Support Group To provide psychological, physical and social support to people with cancer, their families and carers through a range of activities in the community. $2,000
Senior Italian Australian Community To provide a range of activities directed towards senior citizens of Italian and/or Australian backgrounds including recreational, educational and social events. $1,500*
Hurstville Seniors Computer Club Computer equipment purchase for the organisation to continue providing seniors with computer classes at a heavily subsidised rate. $1,475
Kogarah Seniors Computer Club Equipment purchases to resource the group facilitators with contemporary resources. $1,057
Oatley Senior Citizens Centre To enable members and volunteers of the group to participate in a Christmas lunch outing, and present appreciation certificates to volunteers. $900
  SUBTOTAL $131,227
*Partially funded application.
 Arts and Cultural Development category
Organisation Project Summary Recommended Funding
Shopfront Arts Co-Op ‘St George Metre Squared’, a three-day festival that celebrates the St George region - its people, stories, culture and diversity. $9,963
St George Creative Arts and Crafts Centre Make modifications to the centre to improve accessibility. $9,590
Dance for Parkinson's Sydney A specialised dance project aimed at people with Parkinson's disease. $9,300
Kogarah Historical Society To preserve and promote Kogarah’s history by digitising 1,000 historical photos. The photos will be digitised by a qualified cataloguer, and will be available to everyone free of charge through the National Library of Australia. $5,000
St George Concert Band Inc. To replace music stands, enabling the group to continue to perform in the community. $720
Kogarah Concert Band To purchase a new bass drum, to enable this community band to provide performances in the local community. $600
  SUBTOTAL $35,173
Sports and Recreation Category:
Organisation Project Summary Recommended Funding
Recreation Sports & Aquatic Club Family Easter camp for local people with disabilities and their families/carers. $10,000
Moving Forward DFV Case Management and 3Bridges A fitness program to support children and their mothers who are recovering from trauma. $9,706
Jubilee Community Services & South Eastern Sydney Local Health District To provide specialised exercise classes to local senior citizens. $3,000*
Connell's Point Netball Club Provide new equipment to teams. $894*
  SUBTOTAL $23,600
*Partially funded application.
Environment and Conservation category:
Organisation Project Summary Recommended Funding
Chinese Parents Association - Children with Disabilities To encourage an increase in environmental awareness for families of children with disabilities through workshops and day trips. $5,000
Hurstville Community Garden Association To create a sensory garden to be accessible for children of all abilities. $5,000
  SUBTOTAL $10,000
Summary of organisations funded
Category No. of organisations Funding amount
Community Development 22 $131,227
Arts and Cultural Development 6 $35,173
Sports and Recreation 4 $23,600
Environment and Conservation 2 $10,000
TOTAL 34 $200,000
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