Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash has today joined Southern Phone Chairman, Bill Hilzinger in handing over $25,000 in community funding grants at the Nowra Administration Building.
The presentation was undertaken as part of the Southern Phone Grants Scheme which provides funding to not for profit community groups through Councils.
A Local Government enterprise, shares in the Southern Phone Company can only be held by Councils as a way of ensuring all profits are returned to the community.
Mr Hilzinger presented eight local community groups with grants including –
- Nowra Men’s Shed – Retaining wall ($5,000)
- Clifton Community Food Garden - Growing soil ($760)
- Shoalhaven Women’s Resource Group – Rosa coordinated care ($3,684)
- Milton Follies - Headset and microphone ($3,500)
- Greenwell Point Men’s Shed – Clean air system ($1,927)
- Culburra Beach Progress Association – Culburra Beach Youth Project ($3,000)
- Callala Bay Community Association – Colour copier ($4,750)
- UCA Berry Gateway - Berry Apple Users Group ($2,379)
Mayor, Joanna Gash welcomed today’s handover saying the grants had helped support projects that would otherwise have not been funded.
“The $25,000 given to our area has made a real life difference, bringing resources to projects that the council could not fund on its own,” said Clr Gash.
“The Shoalhaven is blessed to have so many not for profit community groups working to make a real difference within the local area.
“I would like to congratulate Southern Phones on providing assistance and support to these organisations through the grants scheme.”
“This funding will help each of these groups in providing recreational and social benefits to the wider community.”
Southern Phone, which is owned by 41 shareholder councils, pays all dividends back to local communities through its shareholders.
The $1 million grants scheme is on top of the $7.7 million returned in dividends since the company was founded.
CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 170