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Shenhua Watermark Community Funding

Publish Time:2014-05-07
 
Shenhua Watermark's first Community Fund project the Gunnedah Rural Health Centre.
 
Shenhua Watermark is set to announce the recipients of the $1 million funding from the 2013 Community Fund next week.
 
The fund was established in 2009 as part of the Exploration Licence granted by the NSW Government and committed $5 million supporting the development of the of local educational programs, medical programs, indigenous programs and environmental programs. This Funding will assist to enhance the region's economy, enhance and maintain the local environment, improve important local facilities and provide opportunities for local training and employment.
 
Shenhua Australia Chairman Mr Liu Xiang, said Shenhua was proud to have been able to support many significant projects across the region.
 
"In 2009 we started the Watermark Community Fund with a $1 million donation towards the Gunnedah Rural Health Centre, helping to transform the community's health services. Through this donation the Centre, which aims to ensure the town has sufficient doctors and other leading health professionals, started debt free," Mr Liu Xiang said.
 
"Since then we have been able to support a over 30 projects for local clubs, associations, schools and many other facilities which have all had a significant positive impact on the local community.
 
"The projects funded by the Watermark Community Fund cover a wide range of community interests including sport, arts, health, indigenous, tourism, the aged, child care, recreation and the environment," Mr Liu Xiang said.
 
Mr Liu Xiang said while the upcoming announcement would mark the end of the Watermark Community Fund as the Project has now finished its exploration stage, if approved by the NSW Government, Shenhua Watermark would continue to be an active supporter of the local community.
 
"The Project is expected to spend more than $1 billion in development and employ up to 600 people during construction. During peak production we will provide up to 600 jobs and our workers will be encouraged to live locally providing wider economic benefits for the local region for the next three decades," Mr Liu Xiang said.
 
"In addition to this significant contribution Shenhua Watermark is committed to establishing positive outcomes for the local community through additional contributions such as Voluntary Planning Agreements with Councils and through a range of employment opportunities for residents across the North-West region including the development of apprenticeships, traineeships and graduate placement programs.
 
"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 Liu Xiang said.
 
A full list of projects supported by the Watermark Community Fund is available below.
 
 
Community Fund – Year 1

Gunnedah Rural Health Centre
 
Community Fund – Year 2

Gunnedah Active Minds Outreach Centre – Support of organisation to increase assistance to
people with mental illness
PRAMS - Maternity Ward Upgrade
Gunnedah Homes for the Aged – Yallambee – Renovation of 13 units
Hope House Support Centre for Families in Crisis – Conversion of premises
Breeza Progress Association - Toilet and barbecue facilities in park
Gunnedah Skate Park – Upgrade
Rotary Gunnedah - Riverine Improvement Scheme
Lions – Premer - Lining of community building
Curlewis Progress Association - Multi-purpose shed on the Sport and Recreation grounds
Gunnedah South Public School - Building of kitchen, six preparation areas and dining facility
to aid education in health and meal preparation and expand vegetable garden
GS Kidd Public School – Enclose Hydro Pool
Jacaranda Day Care – Garden, paving, fence and shed
 
Community Fund – Year 3

Alkira Aged Care Ltd - Replacement of heating system in resident's rooms
PRAMS - Maternity and General Ward bathroom upgrade
Curlewis Progress Association – Construction of Skate Park, shelter and seating
Lions Club Gunnedah – Construction of off-highway parking area and facilities for travellers
Gunida Gunyah Aboriginal Corporation - Indigenous up-skilling centre
Gunnedah Show Society – Removal of old stables and the construction of new stables
Gunnedah Early Childhood Intervention - Transportation for children living with disabilities
Mary Ranken Occasional Childcare Centre – Enclose existing shelter to create a new room
to accommodate school readiness preschool program
 
Community Fund – Year 4

Gunnedah Homes for the Aged – Yallambee - Renovate communal bathroom to men's hostel
units
PRAMS - Upgrade Baby Nursery, Maternity ward bathroom, beds, theatre equipment
Hope House – Community Garden
Australian Railway Monument Management Inc. – Upgrade Museum Displays
Gunnedah Basketball Association - New Backboards and Electrical Work
Liverpool Plains Shire Council – Bells Park Playground
Werris Creek Community Shed
Gunnedah Conservatorium – Acoustic improvements at Gunnedah Town Hall - sound, lighting
& stage equipment
Gunnedah Early Childhood Intervention
Shenhua Watermark – School based traineeship program
 
Community Fund – Year 5

Liverpool Plains Shire Council – Rehabilitation of Riparian
Rotary Club of Gunnedah – Completion of Gunnedah Riverine Improvement Scheme
Winanga-Li Aboriginal Child and Family Centre – Building of additional Community room
Gunnedah Public School – Installation of kitchen in school hall
Walhallow Public School – Improvements to playground area
Friends of Quirindi Library – Purchase of early childhood book sets
Werris Creek & District Pre-School – Upgrade outdoor playground equipment
Quirindi Rural Heritage Village – Design, construct and operate a model railway based on NSW
State Railway from 1930's
Gunnedah Jockey Club – Upgrade effluent management system
Werris Creek Public School – Installation of rainwater tanks
Paint the Town Read – Purchase of literacy books
Red Chief Aboriginal Land Council – Remodel Keeping Gallery
Liverpool Plains Shire Council – Erection of environmental signage
Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service – Installation of Gantry Crane
Shenhua Watermark – School based traineeship program
Meals on Wheels – Upgrade kitchen to meet new Government standards
Breeza Progress Association – Air conditioning for Breeza Community Hall
Ooranga Out of School Hours Care – Develop outdoor playground area
GS Kidd Public School – Establish sensory garden and tree planting
 
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