Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Ian Lobsey, Gunnedah Deputy Mayor, Gae Swain and Shenhua Watermark Chairman Mr Liu Xiang cut the cake at the official announcement of the Shenhua Watermark $1 million Community Fund
On the 19 May 2014 nineteen successful recipients of Shenhua Watermark's final round of community funding gathered for a morning tea to celebrate the official announcement.
Many high quality submissions were received and assessed by an independent Community Advisory Committee. The successful projects were selected for the development of local educational, medical, indigenous and environmental programs from within the local region.
Shenhua Watermark Chairman, Mr Liu Xiang said even though the final round of $5 million in funding has come to an end, the company will still support the local community.
"Shenhua Watermark is extremely pleased to accept the recommendation of the Community Fund Advisory Committee to support these 19 projects. Like all of those we have supported over the last five years, we expect these projects will make a meaningful and lasting difference on the local community. In Gunnedah we are delighted to have supported 19 projects which collectively will benefit from over $1 million in funding," Mr Liu Xiang said.
"Through the Watermark Community Fund Shenhua has been able to support a wide range of community interests including sport, arts, health, indigenous projects, tourism, the aged, child care, recreation and the environment," Mr Liu Xiang said.
The Rotary Club of Gunnedah will receive $243,690 towards the completion of the Gunnedah Riverine Improvement Scheme including funds to plant trees and install fencing and bollards to help secure the riverbank area.
"These funds will allow us to complete Stage 3 of the Riverine Project and go a long way into Stage 4 which will see the riverbank area of the Namoi River protected and beautified on the Western end of our current project," Rotarian Bob Leister said.
Meals on Wheels in Gunnedah will receive $19,000 for the upgrade of their kitchen facilities and meet new government requirements that are required for them to continue in providing the much-needed service in the local community.
"This funding is essential for the organisation to meet the new changes in government legislation in regard to food handling and will allow us to provide further improvement to the meals we deliver to the local community," Andrew Cherry, Business Manager said.
Winanga-Li Aboriginal Child and Family Centre will receive $235,000 to support the building of an additional Community room.
"The additional room will provide us with an opportunity to deliver increased services to our Kamilaroi and other disadvantaged children and their families, and therefore make further progress towards closing the gap on indigenous health outcomes," Wayne Griffiths Centre Manager of the Winanga-Li Aboriginal Child and Family Centre said.
Red Chief Aboriginal Land Council will received $10,000 towards improvements and modifications to the Keeping Gallery.
"The Keeping Gallery houses many Traditional Aboriginal Artefacts that are used to educate the visitors that come through the Gallery on the oldest living culture in the world. Without these significant upgrades we would be unable to expand on what already is one of the best Keeping Places in Australia," Chief Executive Officer Toni Comber said.
Project Manager, Paul Jackson said while the announcement marked the end of the Watermark Community Fund, Shenhua Watermark had every intention of continuing to be an active supporter of the local community into the future.
"We're looking forward to continuing to support the region over the life of the Project in line with our vision to see our communities grow in the next 30 years," Mr Jackson said.
Representatives of the successful recipients from the Shenhua Community Fund at the official morning tea.
Photos courtesy of Namoi Valley Independent