ABOUT 28 reserves and trusts across the Tamworth and Northern Tablelands electorates have shared in government funding of more than $506,000 to complete new works.
In the Tamworth region, $186,669 has been announced for 12 different groups, ranging from recreation reserve trusts to PCYCs and aged care trusts.
The Nowendoc memorial hall will get a new commercial-grade kitchen under funding announced for the Northern Tablelands.
The hall – made famous as the police search headquarters for the fugitive Malcolm Naden in 2011 – will get $45,700 to help them boost their fundraising efforts, which are mainly achieved through their catering work.
Nowendoc Memorial Hall Trust secretary Cheryl Margery said it was wonderful news for the group.
Local MP Adam Marshall said the local community used the hall for fitness programs, computer tutorials and recently catered for the Gloucester Probus Club and the NSW Caravanning Association on one of their tours through the region.
Mrs Margery said the hall, which is 58 years old is in desperate need of a new kitchen.
“Everything that happens in the village happens here at the hall so we are extremely grateful for this funding,” Mrs Margery said.
“It’s wonderful and since we heard the news we’ve got some plans under way to get the renovations done as soon as possible.”
Mr Marshall also visited Walcha Showground this week to announce a $10,550 grant for the Walcha Showground and Public Recreation Reserve Trust to replace the rusted and leaking roof and provide proper drainage for the poultry pavilion.
Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson said grants under the NSW government’s Public Reserve Management Fund (PRMF) go towards maintaining and upgrading local reserves that support community activities and events.
In his electorate they include Piallamore Recreation Reserve Trust to the Yallambee Homes for the Aged Reserves Trust in Gunnedah.
Gunnedah PCYC has been offered $20,329 for repair and resurfacing of its car park, Gunnedah Showground will get $30,000 to upgrade the perimeter fence for security purposes and Tamworth PCYC has been given $10,000 to contribute towards the construction of new bathroom and change room facilities.
Both politicians said the grants would also ease some of the burdens on volunteers who maintained the reserves.