Funding grows Walan Wirringah’s big plans for community garden

BEENFIT TO ALL: The members of the Walan Wirringah Women's Group who can now establish a yarning circle in their community garden after being successful in their grant application to Dubbo Regional Council. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
BEENFIT TO ALL: The members of the Walan Wirringah Women's Group who can now establish a yarning circle in their community garden after being successful in their grant application to Dubbo Regional Council. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

The Walan Wirringah Women’s Group will be able to establish a yarning circle in their community garden after a grant from council. 

Sixteen community groups have been awarded a share in more than $280,000 from Dubbo Regional Council.

The largest amount of funding at $160,000 has been awarded to the Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre. The Wellington Information and Neighbourhood Services has been granted $20,000 and Lifeline will receive $15,000.

ALSO MAKING NEWS:

The Walan Wirringah Women’s Group has been granted $10,000 towards their community garden.

The group, which is comprised of about 25 members, has been establishing the garden at the corner of Macquarie and Tamworth streets.

Kelly Robertson said Walan Wirringah – which translates as ‘strong women’ in Wiradjuri – was a group where women could meet once a week in a safe and supportive environment.

The group recently paired with the Dubbo College South Campus Girls’ Academy to build a garden around the demountables near the front of the school.

But the funding Walan Wirringah has received from council will go towards the community garden. To date, the money for the garden has been made through fundraisers like barbecues. Everything has been recycled or upcycled. 

“It’s almost restored my faith in humanity that their are so many people in the community who want to support our group.”

Successful applicants:

  • Central West Leadership Academy: $5300
  • Dubbo and District Pipe Band: $1500
  • University of the Third Age: $3197
  • Orana Support Service: $2654
  • Oriscon: $700
  • Life Education NSW: $7400
  • Wellington Information and Neighbourhood Services: $20,000
  • Orana K9 Training Club: $3536
  • Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre: $160,000
  • Western Region Academy of Sport: $2847
  • Dubbo and District Preschool: $4000
  • Dubbo Eisteddfod: $10,000
  • Walan Wirringah Women’s Group: $10,000
  • Orana Early Intervention: $2500
  • Victims and Witnesses of Crime Court Support: $6000
  • Lifeline: $15,000

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