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Uralla gets $35,000 to upgrade grounds; Guyra Pre-School given $5000 to upgrade smart boards

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URALLA Shire Council will soon be getting on with the job of building a new canteen at Uralla Sports Ground thanks to a $28,700 grant from the NSW Government Community Building Partnership fund, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said today.

Mr Marshall delivered the good news to council last week and said the $57,400 project would be of great benefit to all user groups and he was delighted the NSW Government recognised the need to help small rural communities improve their sporting facilities.

Uralla Shire Council CBP funding

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall pictured with Uralla Shire Council Mayor Michael Pearce, left, and General Manager Damien Connor at the Uralla Sports Complex last week

“When I first met with Uralla Shire Council Mayor Mick Pearce and General Manager Damien Connor late last year, I was impressed with the proposal and pleased Council was being proactive in not only maintaining but upgrading their community’s assets,” Mr Marshall said.

“The new canteen will be a huge shot in the arm for local sport as the grounds are well-used and are particularly busy during the winter months with both the soccer and rugby league being played. It’s also a great way to give those clubs a new and very welcome stream of income.

“Council intends to continue working closely with the various user groups hoping these partnerships will lead to future funding opportunities – next on the ‘to do’ list for the sports grounds is new change rooms, new toilet facilities with disabled access and committee rooms.”

Mr Marshall said council had also secured a grant of $6,000 to extend the power supply to the western side of Alma Park.

“That area is a natural amphitheatre and is now being used by the Arts Council for musical events and they hold their annual Lantern Parade there so I’m delighted council has taken this step to put in power at the site,” he said.

“I’m right behind both these projects and pleased that, together with Council, we have secured this important funding.”

Uralla Shire Mayor Michael Pearce said council appreciated Mr Marshall’s support and pleased they could get on with the projects.

“It gets pretty cold at the Sportsground on winter’s mornings so having a canteen there and just being able to buy a coffee at the grounds will be great,” Cr Pearce said.

Meanwhile, students and staff at Guyra Pre-School will soon be enjoying the benefits of a new Smart Board courtesy of a $5,000 grant from the NSW Government Community Building Partnership fund, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said today.

Guyra Pre School CBP funding

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall met staff members of the Guyra Pre School. Pictured from left are Guyra Shire Council Planning and Community Services Manager Karl Bock, left, Bec Wilson, Naomi Hoffman, Sunnie Roberts and Adam Marshall

Mr Marshall delivered the good news to staff recently and said the school would also use the funds to install new shade cloth over an area in the playground.

“I’m delighted this funding has come through – it’s a great outcome and I was more than pleased to support the pre-school staff in their application and go into bat for the funding,” Mr Marshall said.

“I was thoroughly impressed when I visited the pre-school last year.

“It’s a very popular centre with committed and enthusiastic staff members which is why it’s important the NSW Government show support and continue to financially assist these small community facilities.”

Mr Marshall said the new Smart Board would help staff remain up-to-date with the ever-changing childhood education sector and better cater for higher-needs children at the centre.

“A Smart Board encourages interactive learning especially for children with disabilities and learning difficulties – the visual stimulation provided by these boards is a very effective way of engaging the children in conversation and learning experiences,” he said.

“The shade cloth over the play area is a must in this climate and its installation will provide children with more opportunities to play outside.”

Mr Marshall said the pre-school was well regarded in the community and staff were always looking for opportunities to improve the centre’s facilities.

“It’s a wonderful centre as it provides the perfect environment for local young people to learn and have fun,” he said.