Muswellbrook Shire Council has welcomed the announcement of $4.5 million for community projects for the Muswellbrook Shire in the second round of grants from the Ridgelands Community Fund.
Established last year as a condition of the 2013 mining exploration licence granted to Ridgelands Coal Resources, the $5 million fund aims to invest in the development of communities in which the company operates.
Last week, Ridgelands Coal Resources amended its deed poll establishing the Community Fund Investment Committee to remove the company’s right of veto of decisions of the Committee. Council commends Ridgelands on this decision, which has allowed the remaining funds to be released for 27 community projects.
Council, together with Ridgelands and the Community Fund Investment Committee community members met on Monday this week to allocate the remaining funds and Council is delighted with the funding outcomes.
Mayor of Muswellbrook Martin Rush said: “Some of the recipients have been fundraising for years and years to get their projects off the ground. To know that these allocations today will make it possible to progress those projects to completion is simply fantastic.
“This is a great range of social, cultural, economic and environmental projects, which will greatly improve the liveability of our Shire, particularly in the Wybong, Denman, Sandy Hollow, and Ridgelands areas.
“Council congratulates Ridgelands on resolving this matter and disbursing the remaining $4.5 million.”
The Ridgelands Community Fund Investment Committee approved the following projects:
- Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre Learn to Swim Pool ($700,000);
- Muswellbrook Black Box ($500,000);
- Denman Childcare Centre ($470,000);
- Denman Memorial Hall ($400,000);
- Denman Main Street Masterplan ($400,000);
- Wybong Community Hall ($350,000);
- Denman Pony Club Canteen Complex ($341,000);
- University of Newcastle Upper Hunter Campus – Stage II ($300,000);
- Denman Hospital – staff accommodation ($216,000);
- Sandy Hollow Hall ($158,000);
- Denman and District Heritage Village – Expansion ($155,331);
- Family Action Centre – Stage I Polyclinic ($120,000);
- Upper Hunter Community Services Toy Box Mobile Outreach Service ($65,871);
- Upper Hunter Riding for the Disabled – Arena completion ($50,000);
- Denman District and Development Association – Denman News ($40,114);
- Where There Is A Will – teacher training ($40,000);
- Wybong Hall Committee – Community Workshops ($33,450);
- Muswellbrook High School P&C – Canteen upgrade ($30,000);
- Wyong Rural Fire Service – mobile telephone tower feasibility ($25,000);
- Zone 7 Pony Club Incorporated – camp ($15,000);
- Sandy Hollow Progress Association – Masterplan of Honey Lane block ($10,000);
- Sandy Hollow Progress Association – Cattle Initiative ($10,000);
- Hunter Region Landcare Network – Sandy Hollow outdoor classroom ($7,518);
- Muswellbrook RSL Amateur Swimming Club – Dolphin Swimming System ($7,500);
- Muswellbrook Girl Guides – Glenalla Revegetation Project Stage II ($5,000);
- Transcare Hunter Limited – Muswellbrook Seniors Expo ($1,744); and
- Muswellbrook Little Athletics – Discus cage ($1,100).