Eighteen community groups and individuals in Hunter will receive volunteer grants that have been announced today.
The Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams said he had been advised by the Minister for Social Services the Hon. Christian Porter that $73,000 had been approved for a range of purposes including the purchase of equipment, training and transport.
Grants are between $1,000 and $5,000.
Senator Williams said the successful recipients are –
Twenty four groups and individuals in a range of locations will share in just over $88,000 in volunteer grants that have been announced today.
The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams said the grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 will enable community organisations to better support their volunteers through the purchase of equipment as well as providing training and transport.
Senator Williams said the following groups and individuals will receive funding –
Friends of the Circus Incorporated $4,775; Tweed District Rescue Squad $3,921; Steer Project Incorporated (Yelgun) $5,000; Tweed Valley
I note the Member for Richmond Justine Elliot is still using her taxpayer-funded entitlement to mislead your readers. Her latest advertisement of the 6th of April accuses the Australian Government of “cutting $30 billion from our schools”. Readers should be told the truth – the cuts Ms Elliot refers to are from a 2013 election promise by Labor that was never funded and incidentally is still not funded under any of Labor’s current policies. Under the current Government from 2014-2017, total funding to government schools in NSW has been $7.2 billion , an increase of 43.7% over this period. This is the second biggest funding increase to government schools in Australia. The 81 schools in Richmond saw a 28% increase in Commonwealth recurrent funding during this period, a $438.6 million investment. Total Commonwealth
The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams says he is shocked at the extent of damage caused by the flooding in Murwillumbah, particularly the impact on the industrial estate in South Murwillumbah.
Senator Williams has been taken on a tour of the worst hit areas by the Member for Lismore Thomas George and General Manager of Tweed Shire Council Troy Green and heard the stories of many of those who have been affected.
He met with several business people who are in the midst of the clean-up and heard of the financial impact on their businesses.
Senator Williams said he was impressed that there is a community spirit evident with staff and equipment being offered by others to expedite the clean-up.
“Tweed Shire Council deserves credit for the way it has responded, despite losing part of its truck fleet in the flooding.