Stronger Communities Fund
There are 23 community groups who will share in $350,000 in the first round of the Stronger Communities Fund Community Grants program. Council has allocated $1M of the $10M funding received from the Stronger Communities Fund to the Community Grants Program to be split over three financial years. The Stronger Communities Fund provided by the NSW State Government to the new Council has allowed the funding of both small and high value projects that will make a real difference to community groups and local organisations. All projects meet a community need and will be valued by the organisation and contribute to the social development of the community.
Confirming these grants will be welcome news for the organisations that have submitted such quality applications and I look forward to being able to formally congratulate the applicants and for the projects to commence in the near future. We had 106 quality applications for funding in this first round and I encourage all those who weren’t successful this time to apply again in the further funding rounds.
Recruitment for frontline services
Dubbo Regional Council is continuing to fill a number of vacancies based in Wellington to continue to improve available services for the community. The positions include two full-time permanent rangers to be based in Wellington to cover a range of issues including dog and stock control and pollution issues as well as six casual labourers and two pool attendants also based at Wellington. Ranger services are a basic essential service in rural communities and I am pleased that appointments to these positions and others recently advertised will be able to be made in coming weeks after interviews have been conducted. A new position of Water and Sewer Operator was also recently approved and filled to assist in the operations of the Water and Sewer Plants at Wellington and Geurie.
Netwaste Household Chemical Cleanout
Now is the perfect time for residents in the Dubbo Regional Council area to check the garage, laundry or under kitchen sink for any household chemicals that are no longer needed out of date. The Netwaste 2016 Household Chemical Cleanout is a safe way to dispose of chemicals such as solvents, poisons, paints, car batteries and fluorescent globes and tubes. Waste can be dropped off in Dubbo on Saturday, 22 October at the Dubbo Showground between 8am and 4pm and at Wellington on Monday, 24 October at the Wellington Transfer Station between 8am and 11am. Netwaste run this campaign every year to ensure toxic products are removed from homes and safely disposed of. Almost 60 tonnes of household chemicals were collected during the entire campaign last year, with old paint topping the list at 24,000 litres. For more information on what you can dispose of contact Council or visit www.cleanout.com.au.
Financial Assistance Program
Dubbo Regional Council invites eligible community organisations to take advantage of its Financial Assistance Program and apply for a share in $15,000. Council dedicates $30,000 to the Community Financial Assistance Program each year to help ease the burden of not-for-profit organisations that contribute to our community.
This $15,000 is the first round of funding for the 2016 – 2017 financial year. If you are part of a not-for-profit organisation in Wellington, Dubbo or surrounding villages I encourage you to apply. Application forms are available at Council’s Customer Service Centre on the corner of Church and Darling Streets, Dubbo; at the Wellington Office on the corner of Warne Street and Nanima Crescent; and at www.dubbo.nsw.gov.au/financial-grants.