Major funding boost for local volunteers

COMMUNITY organisations in the Cooma-Monaro region have received funds totalling $31,100 under the federal government's Volunteer Grants program. The money is aimed at organisations in Cooma, Jerangle, Numeralla, Shannons Flat and Berridale.

Across the spectrum, the grants cover aged care facilities, basketball, the rodeo, meals on wheels, the CWA, the Rural Fire Brigade, and a P&C.

Altogether, more than 50 community organisations across the Eden-Monaro federal electorate have received grants of between $1,000 and $5,000. The grants were announced by federal Member Mike Kelly.

He said Eden-Monaro had one of the highest volunteer rates in NSW, and the grants delivered much-needed support to the region's vital community groups.

"Our volunteers give their time, energy and expertise to support the community," he said.

"The government recognises how important volunteers are, especially in rural and regional areas like ours, and I am delighted that we have been able to support so many groups.

"These grants mean, for example, that Batemans Bay Surf Life Saving Club and the Numeralla School P & C can buy defibrillators, that Quaama Bushfire Brigade has $4,750 to spend on communications equipment and the Sapphire Coast Netball Association can provide training courses.

"Men's Sheds and sporting groups across the electorate will have new barbecues, landcare groups can purchase new gardening equipment and cameras, and Meals on Wheels organisations can enhance their crucial service."

Dr Kelly said the grants would also help with the transport costs of volunteers with disability who were unable to drive and needed to use public transport or taxis as part of their role.

In the Cooma-Monaro region, the grants include:

* Berridale Aged Care Centre, $2,900 for equipment.

* Cooma Basketball Association, $1,150 for training courses and equipment.

* Cooma Rodeo, $1,500 for computer equipment.

* Cooma Squash Club, $1,450 for training courses and equipment.

* Cooma-Monaro Shire Council Meals on Wheels, $5,000 for motor vehicle support.

* Jerangle Peak View SWA, $3,699 for television.

* Numeralla P&C, $2,785 for a defibrillator.

* Shannons Flat - Yaouk Rural Fire Brigade, $5,000 for communications equipment.

* Snowy Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, $2,700 for training and equipment.

* Snowy Monaro Special Olympics, $4,916 for various equipment.

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