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Coffs Harbour

INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS SUPPORT LOCAL PROJECTS

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INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS SUPPORT LOCAL PROJECTS

Coffs Coast organisations can now apply for funding to support local community projects under the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program.

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said the $12.5 million annual program supports new or upgraded facilities across sport and recreation, arts and culture, disaster readiness and community
infrastructure.

“This is a great chance for our local organisations to seek funding for a project to provide long-term tangible benefits to the community,” Mr Singh said.

“The current round of funding will prioritise projects in flood-affected communities, supporting ongoing efforts to rebuild and repair damaged community infrastructure.

“With floods and storms taking a huge toll on many regions across NSW, it’s great that Infrastructure Grants can be used to help impacted communities get back on their feet.

“A disaster category is not new as we have previously included drought and bushfire-affected communities for priority funding under the program.”

Mr Singh said Infrastructure Grants can fund construction, alteration, renovation, completion and fit-out of buildings and community infrastructure.

“Types of projects funded include new or upgraded sports grounds, museums, theatres, homeless shelters and evacuation centres,” Mr Singh said.

“These projects are all about creating resilient, healthy and connected communities, promoting participation in sport, recreation and arts, and boosting social inclusion and disaster resilience.

“Funding under the program is made possible by the Clubgrants Category 3 program, which reinvests profits from registered clubs’ gaming machines into community projects.”

The current round of funding closes on Monday 31 October. For more details visit

www.nsw.gov.au/grants-and-funding/responsible-gambling-grants

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F-35A LIGHTNING II AIRCRAFT TO FAREWELL COFFS HARBOUR AIRPORT AFTER COMPLETING REPAIRS

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F-35A LIGHTNING II AIRCRAFT TO FAREWELL COFFS HARBOUR AIRPORT AFTER COMPLETING REPAIRS

 

A Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft will return to RAAF Base Williamtown following a short stay at Coffs Harbour Airport whilst undergoing repairs following a diversion.

The aircraft was participating in a Royal Australian Air Force training activity over the ocean off the NSW coast when it diverted to Coffs Harbour airport following an in-flight technical issue.

RAAF technicians have conducted repair works at the airport to ensure the aircraft was serviceable as soon as possible.

Residents are advised that an engine-run will be conducted at 2pm prior to the aircraft’s departure to ensure it is safe to return home to RAAF Base Williamtown.

Elevated noise levels will be associated with the engine-run activity, which is required prior to confirming the aircraft’s readiness for departure.

Strict security protocols are in place to safeguard the F-35A Lightning II aircraft whilst undergoing repairs.

The Royal Australian Air Force would like to thank Coffs Harbour Airport for their hospitality, and the local community for their ongoing support.

 

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Saffin commissions Marine Rescue Woolgoolga vessel

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Saffin commissions Marine Rescue Woolgoolga vessel

 

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery Janelle Saffin today (Tuesday, 27 February) welcomed a new $862,930 Marine Rescue NSW vessel, which provides a significant boost for the Woolgoolga community.

Ms Saffin, the State Member for Lismore, was joined by Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Alex Barrell to officially commission Woolgoolga 30 to the Marine Rescue NSW fleet.

The new vessel, funded by the NSW Government, was today also named the Tamieka Lee.

Ms Saffin said it was an honour to commission the new vessel, which is a vital addition to support the life-saving work of Marine Rescue NSW volunteers.

“This rescue boat has the speed and technology to quickly and safely get rescue crews where they are needed when vital seconds count,” Ms Saffin said.

“This outstanding rescue vessel is a valuable investment in the safety of the region and the active users of our local waters.

“On behalf of the people of Woolgoolga, and visitors to our local waters, I thank all the dedicated, hardworking Marine Rescue volunteers.

Ms Saffin also encouraged all boaters to Log On and Log Off with Marine Rescue NSW either by the free Marine Rescue app or via VHF channel 16.

“Using the Marine Rescue app or establishing contact through VHF Channel 16 ensures that a search will be initiated for boaters who don’t return from a voyage as planned,” Ms Saffin said.

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Alex Barrell said the new rescue vessel is a much-welcomed asset for the community.

“Boaters at Woolgoolga can rest easier knowing that this state-of-the-art vessel is at the ready should they run into trouble,” Commissioner Barrell said.

“Volunteer crew members at Marine Rescue Woolgoolga have been fully trained on the operation of the new vessel and are ready to respond to people in need.”

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NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery Janelle Saffin officially commissions the Tamieka Lee joined by Marine Rescue NSW’s top brass.

The 9.5 metre Naiad Hamilton jet boat is powered by a 575 horsepower Cummins engine and features a specialist Raymarine suite of maritime navigation equipment and FLIR (forward looking infrared camera).

Commissioner Barrell said the replacement rescue boat was designed and built to meet demanding local operating conditions and would prove a reassuring presence for locals and visitors alike.

“This vessel is launched and retrieved from the beach which was a major factor in the design phase,” Commissioner Barrell said.

“Woolgoolga 30 can quickly deploy up to 30 nautical miles out to sea to rescue boaters who find themselves in trouble offshore.

“Marine Rescue Woolgoolga is a vital part of the Marine Rescue NSW network and we are fortunate to have 45 dedicated volunteers here committed to saving lives on the water,” Commissioner Barrell said.

Marine Rescue Woolgoolga Unit Commander Brian Taylor thanked the NSW Government for funding the cost of the new vessel.

Unit Commander Taylor said the new vessel was a significant improvement over the unit’s former Ellis jet rescue boat.

“It is a superior vessel and an important asset for the community.

“The upgraded search and rescue technology on board has improved our search capability, which is vital to our mission of saving lives on the water.

“This vessel has many important features including improved handling, manoeuvrability and greater volunteer comfort allowing our crews to operate more safely for longer periods and in a wider range of weather and conditions.

“It is much lighter and easier to control than the former vessel and can essentially turn on dime,” Unit Commander Taylor said.

“This vessel, the Tamieka Lee has been named in honour of two young people with a strong connection to our Deputy Unit Commander Shirley Teague who has dedicated more than 13 years to Marine Rescue NSW at both the Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga units.

“Shirley’s daughter Tamieka lost her life to ovarian cancer in 2016 and Lee lost his life not long after Tamieka passed.

“Lee is the son of Ursula and Trevor Kirby, long-time supporters of Marine Rescue Woolgoolga and close family friends of Shirley.

“We are proud that this new vessel bears Tamieka and Lee’s names and that their memories can live on while it carries out its vital life-saving work on the region’s waters,” Unit Commander Taylor said.

 

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Shout your Coffs events from the rooftops

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Shout your Coffs events from the rooftops

 

Sawtell Chillifest and Curryfest are among some of the signature events previously boosted through a special City of Coffs Harbour funding support stream.

Now the door has opened for a fresh round of funding through the program.

“Headline events are an important part of a place where magic happens, and the City of Coffs Harbour is proud to support our local events industry through this funding,” City of Coffs Harbour Mayor Cr Paul Amos said.

“Organisers of new events and established ones are encouraged to put their hand up in the latest round of support grants.”

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Applications are now open in the second round of funding for the current financial year in two categories.

  • Event Seed Funding – up to $5,000 – for new events (never run before), within their first three years or events which are new to Coffs Harbour or returning to the area for the first time in more than 10 years; and
  • Event Destination Marketing Funding – up to $10,000 – for events targeting overnight visitation from outside the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area (LGA). This funding is designed to assist in developing a marketing campaign to drive visitation to the Coffs Coast, and the event, from outside the LGA. This funding is available to established events within the Coffs Harbour LGA (run at least three times in the past five years).

“Curryfest, Screenwave International Film Festival, Sawtell Chillifest, Coffs Coast Festival of Motorsport and Coffs Coast Ocean Swims are some of the events to have benefitted from this program in the past,” City of Coffs Harbour City Planning and Communities Director Chris Chapman said.

The current round is for events running before 30 June 2024. Applications will close at 4pm on 15 February. Full details here. There will be a new funding round toward the middle of the year for 2024/2025 financial year events. 

 

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