Council funding to support Kogarah Community Services’ ‘Year of Yes’ project


As part of the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund Program, Georges River Council has awarded more than $45,000 to Kogarah Community Services to fund an innovative community project.

The community group has been awarded $49,625 for a project called The ‘Year of Yes’, which will offer a program of regular community workshops to attract local residents keen to bring about positive change within their community.
Through the project, members of the local business community will offer professional support to help upskill participants via a business volunteer program.
Kogarah Community Services Community Development Worker, Cathy Nisbet, said the group was thrilled to find they had been successful in receiving funding.
“The Year of Yes will identify and mobilise the skills, assets and passions of the Georges River community,” she said.
“The aim is to provide training to local residents, which will enable them to become leaders of positive change within their community, and create long-lasting benefits to the people of the Georges River area.”
Georges River Council Administrator John Rayner said the project will have long-term benefits by nurturing future leaders who foster a positive, can-do approach for the community.
“This project will provide participants with the training and tools to help them become empowered and motivated citizens who are able to effect positive change in the Georges River community,” he said.
“It will also set up an ongoing practice of information sharing by our local businesspeople, which means we won’t lose the invaluable skills and knowledge they have developed during their time in our community.”
The YOY project, set to commence in March 2017, will be completed over an 18 month period.
More than 60 applications were received by Council requesting funding through the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund Program.
Of these applicants, 27 were awarded funding ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. A total of $1 million in funding was granted to local community groups.
For more information, please contact Council via 9330 6400 or visit