Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLChas welcomed the announcement that Port Stephens Council will receive $75,000 from the NSW Government Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF) to build and improve community spaces in Port Stephens.
$50,000 will go towards improvements at Longworth Park, Karuah through reinvigorating the park with the installation of new shelters, picnic tables, cultural landscaping and park lighting for security.
$25,000 will go towards revitalising Riverside Park, Raymond Terrace through funding the construction of a large, sheltered picnic area including a double barbeque, colour bond shelter and picnic tables.
Mr MacDonald said that the funding would assist in promoting better community integration through improved communal facilities.
“Funding from the SHCIF not only improves community facilities, but brings tenants, neighbours and the wider community together,” Mr MacDonald said.
“I am pleased that these community projects in Port Stephens will be assisted through this great government initiative.”
The SCHIF provides one-off grants of up to $50,000 to councils, not-for-profit organisations and private sector organisations to undertake physical improvements in social housing communities or other areas visited by social housing tenants.
Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward congratulated the successful applicants and thanked them for their commitment to providing improved spaces for vulnerable families to enjoy.
“We are proud to fund projects that will improve local community infrastructure in regions right across New South Wales.”
For a full list of successful projects and more information on the fund visit http://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/SHCIF