BATHURST CHOOSES MY COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole MP has announced the winners of the My Community Project with applicants now able to bring their ideas to life.
The Bathurst Electorate will benefit from three projects put forward and voted on by the local community, which will now be funded by the NSW Government’s My Community Project program.
The successful Bathurst projects are:
 Café on Corporation ($20,000) – Bathurst’s Generocity church aims to purposefully create sustainable employment and training opportunities. It will partner with local disability services, people living with disabilities, their carers’ and the local community to deliver what they see as a unique opportunity to deliver quality coffee and delicious food options to the works and patrons of nearby businesses in the Bathurst Trade Centre.
 Welcome Gather Connect School Playground ($111,550) – Rejuvenating the welcoming point that is the garden gateway to Eglinton Public School where community can gather and make connections. The project will develop a welcoming path into the heart of the school which will safely link the formal school environment with inclusive play options during all weather conditions.
 Educational App-etite ($198,172) – Bathurst Public School aims to create an interactive and educational garden that engages students and community through an Augmented Reality app. This will capture school curriculum subjects and teach students about the natural environment, sustainability and cultural heritage. Open for all schools and the community to use, the garden will be a comfortable green space to relax and recreate, with a central yarning space used as a meeting spot and outdoor classroom. Bathurst Public School has already paid for the design of the educational landscape. Skillset’s Land Crew will project manage and construct the garden while the Augmented Reality app will be developed by appiwork, a local Bathurst-based software company.
Mr Toole thanked all applicants and sponsors for taking the time and effort to develop their ideas and promote their projects along with the members of the community who voted.
“My Community Project captured the imagination of the local community with people putting a lot of work into their ideas and it was great to see people get behind the projects that matter to them,” Mr Toole said.
“These projects came from the community and were voted on by the community and I now look forward to seeing applicants and sponsors getting on with the job of rolling out these projects and the benefits they will provide to the local community.”
More than $24 million was made available, spread across the entire State, for projects valued between $20,000 and $200,000 that would make communities more liveable, cultural, accessible, safe, revitalised or healthy.
Acting Treasurer Damien Tudehope said My Community Project was a great example of real grassroots democracy in action and the projects chosen to receive funding reflected the wishes of the people.
“There has been a tremendous response to the My Community Project program with more than 61,400 people casting their vote through the My Community Project website across the State,” Mr Tudehope said.
“I congratulate the successful project applicants and urge those projects that were unsuccessful to see if they could be eligible to apply for other NSW Government funding from programs such as Community Building Partnerships, which is now open.
“My Community Project was made possible by the NSW Generations Fund, a sovereign wealth fund that helps maintain debt at sustainable levels, while