Cessnock News Snippets

Filed under Cessnock, Council, News ~ by Press on  4 Aug 2019
Upgrades to Branxton Community Hall

Branxton Community Hall attendees can look forward to improved safety and accessibility as a number of upgrades to the lighting and the ladies toilets have occurred at this important community facility.

The Branxton Community Hall has been a fixture since its establishment during the Greta Migrant Camp and Army Camp. The Hall remains a much loved and well utilised facility hosting a number of local community groups and events including Yoga classes, charity events, Gospel church and Karate lessons.

The upgrade to the Hall’s lighting will deliver safe access for all users and provide an extra level of security. The ladies toilet upgrades included tiling, painting, new PC items, installation of baby change table and partitions.

The lighting upgrade was funded by the Branxton Community Hall Section 355 Volunteer Committee and the ladies toilet upgrades was funded by Council through the Open Space and Community Facilities capital works program. 

Applications open for Local Heritage Fund

Cessnock City Council is pleased to announce applications will shortly open for the Local Heritage Fund. The dollar for dollar grants are available and are valued up to $2000.

Owners and managers of heritage listed properties are eligible to apply for the grants from the 1 August 2019. Owners and managers of properties in Heritage Conservation Areas are also able to make an application for funding.

The purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance to owners or managers of heritage items for conservation projects, maintenance works or Building Code upgrades.

Projects which can be funded include:

· conservation projects;

· maintenance works;

· adaptive re-use projects;

· interpretive projects; and

· conservation management plans.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said Council will also send a letter to eligible applicants.

We’re proud of our past and assisting in the conservation of heritage listed properties is important. Over the years the grants provided under this program have achieved some fantastic restorations and it will be great to see what projects are successful under this round.

Last year’s grant program funded conservation works for the Masonic Hall, Cessnock.

The fund will be administered in accordance with the Council’s Local Heritage Fund Guidelines. These guidelines outline the type of projects that can be funded, who can apply and how funds are to be matched.  Applications must be lodged by 25 September 2019. For more information visit rhis web page.

Cessnock City Council’s 2019/20 Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme is now open!

Community groups within the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) can now apply for funding under Council’s 2019/20 Dollar for Dollar Grants Scheme.

The Grant Scheme is about supporting community, cultural, sporting and environmental projects that improve and enhance community life in our LGA.

Council believes in investing in the community and recognises the invaluable contribution that community groups make to our social well-being, economic advancement, environmental improvement and the development of a vibrant community.

Council currently offers four Dollar for Dollar Grant Schemes:

· Sporting Facilities

· Community Facilities

· Community & Cultural Development

· Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns

Council has $20,000 available within the Sporting Facilities Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme and $20,000 in the Community Facilities Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme to distribute to sporting and community groups. All applicants for Sporting and Community Facilities grants must contact Council’s Recreation & Community Liaison Officer Kate Hicks on 4993 4234 prior to lodging an application.

Council has $25,000 available within the Community and Cultural Development Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme to distribute to not-for-profit community, arts and cultural groups. All applicants must contact Council’s Community and Cultural Engagement Officer Jo Miller on 4993 4258 prior to lodging an application.

Council has $10,000 available within the Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns dollar for dollar grant scheme to distribute to not-for-profit community environmental groups to undertake projects that make ‘on the ground’ improvements to the local environment, encourage community pride and promote a positive community image. All applicants must contact Council’s Sustainability Officer Tricia Donnelly on 4993 4239 prior to lodging an application

Applications close 5pm Friday 6 September 2019. The Guidelines and Application Form are available at www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/grants/council­­­­



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