Several projects across the former Wyong Shire LGA have been listed in the 2019 My Community Project program.
An initiative of the State Government, the program was established in 2018 to give communities a say in what projects they want to see take shape in their local area.
Grassroots democracy is at the core of the program, with communities able to read through nominated projects.
The projects are listed via each electorate, with seven projects listed across the Wyong electorate, 11 across The Entrance and six across Swansea relevant to the Chronicle’s readership.
A breakdown of each project is below, and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, and Member of the Legislative Council for the Central Coast, Taylor Martin, say residents need to vote, and in force, if they want to see their favourite project funded under the highly competitive program.
“Across the Central Coast, almost 50 projects have been successfully nominated,” Crouch said.
“I anticipate that we will see strong support for this initiative, so I encourage everyone to make their voices heard,” Martin said.
Voting is done through the My Community Project website and closes on August 15, with the successful projects to be announced in September.
Anyone looking to vote will need an up to date Medicare Card and My Service NSW account.
Wyong Electorate Projects
Central Coast Multicultural
Amount sought: $25,000
Project Sponsor: China Australia Friendship Association
The showcase is an annual event coordinated by the China Australia Friendship Association with local Filipino and Indian cultural groups, that highlights the rich and diverse multicultural performing and visual arts scene on the Central Coast.
The Association is seeking funding to expand the 2020 Showcase and to make all performances at the event free to attend.
It will include a free Art Exhibition and Performances at the Art House showcasing local Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) talent and is seen as an opportunity to develop local CALD artists in a professional venue.
Expansion of Mountain Bike Flow Trail at Ourimbah
Amount sought: $110,000
Project Sponsor: Central Coast Mountain Bike Club
This project will see the installation of a new flow trail and toilet block in the Ourimbah State Forest to support mountain biking in the area.
The flow trail expansion will enable more people of all ages and skills to enjoy the park.
This free to use facility encourages active and healthy lifestyles, family activity, exercise, skill development, enjoyment of the outdoors and social engagement promoting general health and well-being.
Increased trail diversity will attract more riders to the area, increased participation, expanded events and enables skill progression in a safe manner.
Wyong Community Centre Waiting Room Safety Program
Amount sought: $20,000
Project Sponsor: St Vincent de Paul Society NSW
In recent times there have been a number of violent episodes involving people under the influence of drugs and alcohol or experiencing mental health episodes, causing concern to St Vincent de Paul society volunteers and clients waiting (many are seniors) in the reception area of the centre.
This funding will assist clients and volunteers stay safe while in the centre.
Without Vinnies’ assistance, over 1,600 local people would not have received emergency assistance.
The proposed changes will allow Volunteers to keep clients and volunteers safe by limiting access, via video intercom, code lock meeting and interview rooms, and installing a security front reception desk.
Without this funding volunteers will not be able to continue their work due to fear of attack from clients.
Beauty for Ashes domestic violence care packages
Amount sought: $200,000
Project Sponsor: Central Life Christian Church, Wyong
This project will allow church members to build upon their existing care package program for victims of domestic violence and increase awareness as well of their domestic violence educational programs.
Domestic violence victims need ongoing support and many victims are forced to flee their homes with nothing.
Toukley Golf Club On-course restroom and storm shelter
Amount sought: $60,000
Project Sponsor: Toukley Golf Club
This will allow Toukley Golf Club to install restroom facilities and a storm shelter on the most distant part of the golf course.
Toukley golfers will have access to a comfortable and hygienic remote restroom and lightening-safe storm shelter.
Currently, this part of the golf course is serviced by a temporary hired-in portaloo that the Club wishes it did not need.
New boatshed for Norah Head Marine Rescue
Amount sought: $140,835
Project Sponsor: Marine Rescue Norah Head
Marine Rescue Norah Head currently has nowhere to store its new $272,000 rescue vessel and is subsequently seeking funding to build a boatshed at the Norah Head base.
The lack of a secure storage facility is also causing delays in the Norah Head base’s operations whenever the new vessel is required for deployment.
Outdoor Learning Area for Gorokan High School
Amount sought: $40,000
Project Sponsor: Gorokan High School
The school is seeking funding to install an outdoor learning area to enhance teaching and learning opportunities.
Students will learn about the environment and biodiversity in an outdoor classroom setting and this will be Gorokan High School’s first ever dedicated outdoor learning space.
The Entrance Electorate Projects
Affordable and accessible mental health treatment for Central Coast residents
Amount sought: $154,000
Project Sponsor: Lifeline, Central Coast
With affordable mental health services on the Central Coast at capacity, there is an urgent need for low-cost counsellors and psychologists in the region.
With this ever increasing demand comes the need for more affordable local practices.
Lifeline Central Coast will establish a mental health training clinic in Wyoming with plans to attract and train graduate counsellors and psychologists, under guidance from experienced professionals, to meet these demands and create an influx of experienced young professionals in the field.
Domestic violence, child abuse and suicide rates on the Coast are high, with over 80 per cent of help seekers not receiving treatment.
Central Coast Family Referral Service Program at Killarney Vale
Amount sought: $200,000
Project Sponsor: Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD)
This project supports children and young people at risk by providing health and social care responses to support their families by launching a new targeted program that connects them with vital family and health services on the Coast on a case by case basis.
When health, education and social care work together with families, better outcomes follow.
Sensory Toolboxes for childcare centres and community hubs
Amount sought: $49,732
Project Sponsor: St Philip’s Christian College, Gosford
This project will allow St Philip’s to fund the production of sensory toolboxes for children diagnosed with a neurodevelopmental disorder, with an emphasis on spotlighting children on the Autism spectrum.
The assets will include educational and promotional material, will be distributed to public libraries, community hubs, and childcare centres within The Entrance electorate.
It is hoped the assets will provide parents and caregivers with tools to help manage their child’s needs whilst helping to debunk stigma and misconceptions around Autism by educating the community about neurodevelopmental disorders.
Project provides valuable resources to empower families, increasing the management of their child’s needs and improving family relationships.
Accessible Outdoor Exercise App
Amount sought: $196,295
Project Sponsor: University of Newcastle, Ourimbah Campus
The University’s Centre for Rehabilitation Innovations is developing an exercise assistant app that maps outdoor exercise locations and opportunities across The Entrance electorate suitable for people with disabilities.
The app is being co-designed by medical researchers, technology experts and people with disability living in the electorate, and will bring information on physical access to locations and expert, customisable exercise advice to ordinary smartphones.
Free outdoor exercise will be accessible to people with disabilities, with the app.
The app should be able to work anywhere, so The Entrance could be the first test-site for a national innovation.
New play equipment for Brooke Ave Public School
Amount sought: $120,000
Project Sponsor: Brooke Ave Public School Parents’ and Carers’ Group
Play equipment at the school has aged poorly, is not safe for use by students and has subsequently been closed.
This project will allow for the purchase of new equipment to replace current unsuitable equipment.
Children at the school don’t have usable play equipment and are missing out compared to children at other schools.
Social Enterprise Café for Tumbi Umbi
Amount sought: $150,000
Project Sponsor: Coast Community Care
Coast Community Care has applied for funding to construct and commence operating a social enterprise café to train at-risk youth to work in the hospitality industry.
The Tumbi Social Enterprise cafe will be an excellent, free training facility for youth and young adults from the community.
The cafe will provide a safe and welcoming environment for locals to meet new friends and share their experiences.
Central Coast Volunteer Rescue Squad
Amount sought: $185,620
Project Sponsor: Central Coast Rescue Squad
The project is aimed at better equipping the rescue squad to increase its capabilities to assist emergency services and the community.
The project will be rolled out in two stages, the first being the acquisition of the specialist equipment and the second being training squad members to use the new equipment.
The equipment being sooght is new hydraulic rescue jaws of life, vertical rescue equipment, and new aquatic water rescue equipment.
The new equipment/improved training will ensure the squad can continue to be an invaluable asset to the community.
Killarney Vale New Year’s Eve Street Party
Amount sought: $20,000
Project Sponsor: Coast Community Care
Funding for a free to attend, no alcohol, family friendly street fair with amusement rides, street food and live music and entertainment for community members to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the carpark area of Coast Community Care Church at Killarney Vale.
Swansea Electorate Projects
Boatshed extension for Mannering Park Amateur Sailing Club
Amount sought: $177,073
Project Sponsor: Mannering Park Amateur Sailing Club
The Club has applied for funding to expand its boatshed and to install a disability toilets.
The extension will build upon the Club’s plans to introduce a Sailability program, which is a specially designed program that helps people living with disability to experience the joy of sailing.
There are currently no facilities available for those with a disability to access the southern portion of Lake Macquarie anywhere between Gosford to Toronto.
The introduction of Sailability at the Club will help promote social inclusion for those living with a disability who have little to no means of being involved in sailing in the region.
New inclusive playground at Budgewoi
Amount sought: $156,200
Project Sponsor: San Remo Neighbourhood Centre
Budgewoi resident, Darryl Dawes, with assistance from the San Remo Neighbourhood Centre, has submitted a proposal to Central Coast Council to see a new inclusive playground built next to Halekulani Community Hall at Budgewoi to replace the old playground that was recently removed.
The project will see a new purpose built inclusive playground installed at the site.
With the removal of the old playground, Budgewoi’s Western Village now lacks a dedicated playground, with other playgrounds in the Western Village not in central locations or more or less just swing-sets pretending to be fully fledged playgrounds.
Gwandalan Public School Playground
Amount sought: $50,000
Project Sponsor: Gwandalan Public School
Gwandalan Public School is seeking funding to purchase new playground equipment to give students more options for physical play.
The school currently has no equipment of this type for students or children in the new local estate.
This will provide an enjoyable activity for children enabling them to be occupied during break times at school and holidays.
New inclusive sensory playground for Lake Munmorah Public School
Amount sought: $45,000
Project Sponsor: Lake Munmorah Public School
This project will allow Lake Munmorah Public School to install a sensory playground on site.
The school’s current playground is currently considered an unsafe play area as it is regularly subjected to extreme weather in both summer and winter that impacts on its safety.
Supports increased socialisation, developing emotional, social and physical well-being.
Northlakes Public School Covered Court Outdoor Learning Area
Amount sought: $200,000
Project Sponsor: Northlakes Public School
This project will fund the construction of a permanent cover over the existing outdoor basketball court at Northlakes Public School.
A covered court and outdoor learning space will provide a multipurpose school and community space and will provide protection from weather events that effect on the school’s education programs.
Community users will have more flexibility in spaces available to them to conduct community based activities, such as dance classes and physical fitness programs for children and adults.
Upgrade Camp Breakaway bathrooms
Amount sought: $180,000
Project Sponsor: Camp Breakaway
The disability bathrooms in Breakaway’s cabins are over 35 years old and no longer meet disability standards.
This project will provide new bathrooms and refurbish the cabins at Camp Breakaway.
The cabins accommodate people with disabilities and are used by adults and children with disabilities and their families and seniors.
Breakaway makes a difference in many people’s lives by giving people with a disability a home away from home.
Encourages people to hire Camp Breakaway facilities providing income so that they can continue to provide great disability programs.
Media release, Jul 15
Ben Sheath, Office of Adam Crouch MP
Website, Jul 24
My Community Project Program 2019 Wyong Electorate
My Community Project Program 2019 The Entrance Electorate
My Community Project Program 2019 Swansea Electorate
Dilon Luke, Journalist