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Grants announced for Seniors’ Week celebrations across Barwon/Cobar Youth Council awarded grant

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Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries today announced 10 organisations have been successful in receiving a NSW Government’s Seniors Week grant.

The local Barwon organisations are amongst more than 400 groups across NSW that will benefit from grants of up to $5,000 to help the community celebrate NSW Seniors Week in March.

“The NSW Government’s Seniors Week grants are more competitive than ever and I congratulate these recipients on being selected from more than 400 applications,” Mr Humphries said.

Funding for Seniors Week celebrations has been awarded to:

–       Bourke & District Garden Club Inc. – Seniors Fun Day – $500

–       Binnaway Progress Association Inc. – Seniors Recreational Activity – $800

–       Probus Club of Gilgandra Inc. – Cultural and Animal Experiences for Seniors – $500

–       Baradine branch of CWA – Seniors just Can’t Stop the Music – $500

–       Western Plains Regional Develpoment – Singing in the Sun – $900

–       Coolah Senior Citizens Recreational Committee – Seniors Week Activities – $700

–       Warren Meals on Wheels Inc. – Bus Excursion to Gilgandra – $660

–       Bogan Shire Council – Movin’ and Groovin’ – $1,001

–       Wee Waa Community Care Service Inc. – Get Up and Get Active – $2,500

–       Broken Hill Health Council – Health Minds, Healthy Bodies High Tea – $3,000

“The theme for this year’s NSW Seniors Week, ‘Be Inspired’, is about encouraging and celebrating self-expression,” Mr Humphries said.

“The Barwon program for NSW Seniors Week will support this initiative and I look forward to taking part in the celebrations,” he said.

NSW Seniors Week events will be held from 14 to 22 March 2015. For more information visit www.nswseniorsweek.com.au.

Meanwhile, Mr Humphries today announced Cobar Youth Council is one of twenty that will share in $60,000 in NSW Government funding to support all-ages music events run by young people, for young people across the State in 2015.

Mr Humphries said they were very pleased the NSW Government is supporting a local youth team to work with the local community, council and police to develop and run an all ages, drug-and-alcohol free event, Little Big Day Out.

Kevin Humphries 2015 portrait

Kevin Humphries

“I’m proud the NSW Government is giving our local youth the opportunity to run a safe and entertaining event for our young community to enjoy,” Mr Humphries said.

“The Little Big Day Out is an all-ages family event hosted at the local swimming pool featuring live music, jumping castles, sporting competitions and a variety of other activities.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is working with the next generation to engage and embrace their artistic talent and provides entertainment for their peers,” he said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, said the funding encourages young people to participate in arts and culture and brings opportunities for artistic development to local communities.

“The NSW Government is a proud supporter of encouraging more young people to take an interest and develop their skills in the arts,” Mr Grant said.

“Youth are the driving force behind these projects, setting up and running these events which support live, locally-produced original music, performed by young people, for young people.”

The funding is provided through the Indent Partnership Grants program administered by MusicNSW on behalf of Arts NSW.

Indent funding is open to groups of at least five people, aged 12-25, who are working in partnership with a support organisation such as a local council or youth service.

The Indent program offers grants of up to $2,500 for small scale grassroots events targeted at the local community and up to $5,000 for larger events that have grown from the grassroots level.