March 23, 2020

MEDIA RELEASE: $300,000 for Ballina Electorate announced today through the Community Building Partnership Program

$300,000 for Ballina Electorate announced today through the Community Building Partnership Program

Member for Ballina Tamara Smith today announced the electorate of Ballina has secured $300,000 in funding for a total of 16 projects through the NSW Government’s 2019 Community Building Partnership Program.

"Whilst we all brace ourselves for the hardships coming I am pleased that I can announce funding for 16 community and volunteer groups today." 

Member for Ballina Tamara Smith said the State government funds will deliver much-needed improvements to local facilities including increased safety equipment for Cape Byron Marine rescue, multi-function LED signage for Alstonville Primary, addition of outside decking to Rous Mill memorial hall and solar installation for Lennox Community garden.

“This is fantastic news for our region, this grassroots funding will directly help to create a more vibrant and inclusive local community with positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes,” Ms Smith said.

“I congratulate all the organisations that were successful in their application and look forward to seeing how these projects make a real difference for community groups in the area.”

Now a decade old, the Community Building Partnership program has funded more than 13,800 community projects since it commenced in 2009.

Applications for the 2020 Program open in May.

For more information about the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program, visit

Media contact for Tamara Smith MP – Kirsty Donovan ph 02 6686 7522

The full list of successful projects in the Ballina electorate for 2019 are listed below on the next page.


Ballina – Community Building Partnership program 2019 Successful Projects



Project Title

Amount funded

The Scout Assocation of Australia NSW Branch

Alstonville Scout Hall Update


Bangalow Men's Shed Inc.

Bangalow Mens Shed Joinery Workshop Equipment Safety and Capacity Upgrade.


Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW

Marine Rescue Cape Byron - Emergency Power and Bar Surveillance Project


Alstonville Sub-Branch of the RSL

Elizabeth Ann Brown Park Renovation


Byron Youth Service Inc.

Mullumbimby War Widow's Cottage Refurbishment


Alstonville Plateau Historical Society

Fenced In - A project to Replace a Fence


Rous Mill and District Memorial Hall

Community Hall Outside Decking


The Scout Association of Australia NSW Branch

Installation of Solar Panels and Internal Window for Child Protection.


Tuckombil Landcare Inc.

Enriching Riparian Repair with Bush Tucker and Other Native Species.


Lennox Community garden

Solar Installation


Mullumbimby High School P&C Association

Chubbler for Senior Quadrangle


Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby Inc.

Community Solar at St John's Primary School, Mullumbimby


Alstonville Primary P&C Assoc.

Purchase and Install of Multi-function LED School Signage System


Ballina Outrigger Canoe Club Incorporated

Two Person Outrigger Canoe


Northern Rivers Outrigger Canoe Club Inc.

Purchase of Outrigger Canoes to Grow our Club


Emmanuel Anglican College

Multi Purpose Centre



TOTAL $300,000


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