Successful My Community Projects announced

Successful project - Ourimbah State Forest Mountain Bike Park Flow Trail Expansion

The results of the 2019 My Community Project program have been announced, with six projects across the Northern Central Coast set to be funded.
An initiative of the NSW Government, the program was established in 2018 to give residents a say in what projects they want to see in their electorate.
Successful projects in the Wyong electorate are a Marine Rescue Norah Head boatshed project and the Ourimbah State Forest Mountain Bike Park Flow Trail Expansion.
The boatshed project is being spearheaded by Marine Rescue Norah Head.
Through the program they’ve been awarded $140,835 to construct a boatshed at their base to store their rescue vessels which will allow for improved services from the unit.
Central Coast Mountain Bike Club Inc. were awarded $110,000 for the Flow Trial Expansion project.
The funding will allow for the expansion of the existing trail which will have numerous flow on benefits for the Central Coast, from tourism and sporting opportunities to enhanced fitness, social and lifestyle offerings.
In The Entrance electorate, successful projects are the Tumbi Social Enterprise Café and an Affordable and Accessible Mental Health Training Clinic at Wyoming.
The Tumbi Social Enterprise Café will be run through the Coast Community Church at Tumbi Umbi and will offer hospitality training to at risk youth and adults.
Coast Community Care Inc. will coordinate the café and have received $150,000 through the program to get it up and running.
The Wyoming Mental Health Clinic project will be run by Lifeline Central Coast and has received $154,000 in funding to establish an affordable local practice to meet the high demand for low cost mental health services on the Coast.
Once established, the Clinic will offer counselling and psychologist services with an emphasis on training and developing graduate professionals to help bolster the industry’s ailing number of practitioners.
This training will be conducted through a specialist program designed to retain graduates, overseen by experienced professionals.
In the Swansea electorate, successful projects are an Inclusive Playground for Budgewoi and Camp Breakaway upgrades.
The playground project was spearheaded by Budgewoi resident, Darryl Dawes, with support from the San Remo Neighbourhood Centre Inc. and Central Coast Councillor, Jillian Hogan.
The project has been funded $156,200 to install an inclusive playspace in the vacant land next to the Halekulani Community Hall.
The land used to house a playground that was recently removed due to the unsafe state of equipment that had aged poorly.
The playground is expected to fill a gap in Budgewoi’s community assets, as the suburb has no dedicated inclusive playspaces and to provide a new community hub in the town centre of Budgewoi’s southern village.
Camp Breakway has been awarded $180,000 through the program for their disability bathroom upgrade project.
The bathrooms at San Remo’s Camp Breakaway are over 35 years old and in severe need of an update to bring them in line with modern disability standards.
The funds will be used to completely renovate the bathrooms to ensure that they meet the needs of children and adults living with disability that utilise Camp Breakaway, and their families.
Funds will also be put towards refurbishing accommodation cabins at the site.

Website, Sep 9
My Community Project 2019: Wyong, The Entrance, Swansea
Dilon Luke, Journalist

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