Published on: November 2021
North Shore Electorate Community Building Partnership Grants
Ms FELICITY WILSON (North Shore) (14:18:38):
We know just how tough it has been this year for our local community organisations. But it has also been a year when those groups have shone through in what they have done to connect our communities and provide opportunities for them to gather during COVID restrictions, whether remotely or outdoors, and now that we can once more gather to see each other and experience our community organisations. Many of these organisations are run by volunteers who give their time and skills to help make our community a better place, and they are excited to be open, carrying out their activities and meeting again. The New South Wales Government is investing in our State to help us move towards economic recovery. We continue to support community organisations through annual funding programs like the Community Building Partnership [CBP] program and the Arts and Cultural Funding Program. This year Community Building Partnership funding will go towards a range of projects in my community to improve and upgrade sporting clubs, school and educational institutions, religious organisations, and musical groups.
There are a wide range of sporting clubs in my local area, and thanks to living on our beautiful Sydney Harbour we enjoy access to many water sports. There are many organisations in my electorate that enjoy harbour locations. I recognise the Mosman Rowers Club for its success in securing funding to install new solar panels. It has a significant green initiative on the bay. I thank president Kathrina Doran and Professor Robyn Bushell for their support for the club and championing this project, and many other projects, to deliver renewable energy. The Northern Beaches Outrigger Canoe Club at The Spit has secured funding to purchase a new 0C6 outrigger canoe. I congratulate president Grant Hughes and his team on this success. I am sure the rowers and canoeists look forward to being out on the water together again, even at such an early hour of the morning.
As the Middle Harbour 16 Ft Skiff Sailing Club has seen an increase in junior and senior sailors, their CBP funding will allow the club to purchase a new rescue boat. I congratulate president Peter Tinworth on securing that funding and thank him for all his work for the club. I recognise Mosman Croquet Club for their successful application for funding to construct the northern boundary for court 2. I thank outgoing president Mary Gibson. Mary is a kind and loving woman who nurtures all the new entrants to croquet. She has volunteered with the club for many years. I welcome the new club president, Cali Craig. I also recognise Northern Suburbs Rugby Football Club, which successfully secured funding for a new scrum machine. I thank chairman Grahame O'Donnell and general manager Jack Burey for all their work for their local rugby club.
Community Building Partnership funding is also going towards education in my community. I congratulate Mosman‑based Sydney Institute of Marine Science [SIMS] Chief Executive Officer Professor Martina Doblin and General Manager Mark Scognamiglio for securing funding to upgrade their teaching laboratory. The work that the SIMS undertakes has an impact not only in Australia but also across the globe. Beauty Point Public School P&C Association has received funding to install acoustic insulation in the school hall. I thank the P&C president Lauren Adlam for her commitment to supporting the students and school community.
Many people in my community appreciate being able to return to religious services in person, in particular during this season. I congratulate Cremorne Synagogue President Harold Marshbaum for securing funding to replace the fixed wooden seating with new upholstered benches. I wish all at the synagogue a happy Hanukkah. Reverend Brett Graham at Scots Kirk Mosman has secured funding to install play equipment at the church. Reverend Maxwell Wood and the rector's warden, Paula Turner, have secured funding to repair the roof, downpipes and guttering of St Luke's Anglican Church, Mosman. I hope to be back there this year to hear their beautiful choral performances before Christmas.
The Rotary Club of North Sydney Sunrise successfully received funding to install a new fitness station at Anderson Park, to be installed by North Sydney Council. I thank President Allen Colburt for his work on this project and leading the Rotary club during this challenging year. I congratulate Link Wentworth Housing Chief Executive Officer Andrew McAnulty for seeking and securing funding to refurbish the community room at the organisation's residence in Nicholson Street, Wollstonecraft. I thank Sydney City Brass Managing Director Danny Alexander and Musical Director Jason Katsikaris for their work for the club, which rehearses at the Mosman Club. The band has secured CBP funding to purchase additional percussion instruments and instrument mutes for performances. It is great to see the work that these organisations do, which are fundamentally led by volunteers. We would not have the character, nature and spirit of our community without them. I am excited to see them back together again, making music, playing sport and having religious worship services. I look forward to engaging with these organisations again over Christmas.