Two local community organisations have received nearly $10,000 in total to help deliver programs and events on the Peninsula.
The Crommelin Native Arboretum Incorporate received $5,000 towards the management of the Pearl Beach Arboretum Ephemeral Art Trail, and the Peninsula Environment Group (PEG) secured just under $5,000 for enhancement of its Community Garden.
PEG member, Mark Mann, said the funds would be used towards equipment and a disabled access ramp for the community garden in Moana St.
“The Community Garden is a place for people to meet to enjoy the company of fellow gardeners and learn about gardening and growing food,” Mann said.
Mann said PEG also received a grant for nearly $10,000 to help manage the Woytopia festival which will return on October 30 after an enforced break due to COVID-19.
The grant recipients were announced at Central Coast Council’s Ordinary meeting on February 22.
Council said the projects were funded through its Community Support Grant Program which is accounted for in existing and approved Operational Plan budgets.
Council Administrator Rik Hart said the program was important in building connections and creating local solutions and initiatives.
“It’s important that we continue to deliver necessary financial and in-kind support to the local community, that allows them to deliver quality community activities,” Hart said.
“These community activities have the ability to bring community together and further fosters a sense of belonging. Something I believe is more important than ever.”