Pictured with Liverpool Plains Mayor Ian Lobsey are representatives from community groups within the Liverpool Plains Shire at the Community Fund Announcement Morning Tea.
Photo courtesy of Quirindi Advocate
Photo courtesy of Quirindi Advocate
Groups within the Gunnedah and Liverpool Plains Shires have received over $1 million in community grants from Shenhua Watermark. The financial contribution comes as the final round of a $5 million Watermark Community Fund dedicated to supporting the development of local educational programs, medical programs, indigenous programs and environmental programs.
The funding was formally presented at a morning tea held in Gunnedah on 19 May with representatives from the 19 successful organisations in attendance.
Shenhua Australia Chairman Mr Liu Xiang, said the company had received many submissions from interested parties and the final 19 were chosen after a long and careful decision making process.
"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. We are delighted to have supported 19 projects across the region 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.
Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council, Cr Ian Lobsey was a member of the Community Fund Advisory Committee which was responsible for helping to determine which grant applications received financial assistance.
"There are so many deserving projects out there that as member of the committee it was difficult to see which ones to leave out," said Mayor Lobsey. "We appreciate Shenhua's contribution in this way. There are many happy groups out there who can now do projects which were going to be impossible without the funding."
Liverpool Plains Shire Council will receive a combined total of $170,500 for two projects in the Liverpool Plains local government area.
"$5,500 for signage will be used to provide creek side interpretative signage while $165,000 for the riverine project will be spent on rehabilitation works along Quirindi Creek, including an area near the Quirindi Swimming Pool. These are projects Council could not have undertaken in the foreseeable future without this welcome injection of funds from Shenhua Watermark," Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor Councillor Ian Lobsey said.
Werris Creek Public School will receive $34,570 towards the installation of two rainwater tanks.
"The funds received from the Shenhua Watermark Community Fund will allow the school to harvest rain water which is currently lost and is much needed for day to day use. The donation means not only will the school be able to save money on its water bills, but spend the saved funds on much needed equipment and infrastructure and we are thankful to Shenhua Watermark for their support," Timothy Munday Relieving Principal at Werris Creek Public School said.
The Quirindi Heritage Village's Model Railway Group received $25,852 for the development of a model railway based on NSW State Railway from the 1930's. Railway Group member Matt Wilcox said "The Quirindi Heritage Village Model Railway Group would like to thank the Shenhua Watermark Community Fund for the wonderful sponsorship of our new project. The project will also help to bring in new members to the organisation thus helping to cement the Village's future for generations to come".
Other recipients include Friends of Quirindi Library, Werris Creek District Pre-School and Walhallow Public School.
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.