Review this week of applicants for Kempsey mayoral community fund

Stunning: One of the many fantastic sculptures on display at Sculpture in the Gaol this year was the Global Tilt by Lee Black.

Stunning: One of the many fantastic sculptures on display at Sculpture in the Gaol this year was the Global Tilt by Lee Black.

This week the committee will review the record number of applications received for this year’s Mayoral Community Fund. Council received 35 applications for projects, events or fundraisers totaling over $380,000 across our Shire.

Projects for sporting and playground equipment to health awareness and medical gear; disability access and educational services to social well-being and connectedness are seeking support.  It will be hard to decide which projects will receive financial assistance when all are worthy of support.

A handful of organisations are exempt from applying. These include long-standing community events council has supported over many years, such as end-of-year awards for local schools and TAFE, Country Education Foundation Australia and the Carols by Candlelight. 

Over the next fortnight council will write to all applicants to advise of the committee’s decisions. On behalf of my fellow councillors, I thank all the volunteer organisations and community groups that have taken the time to apply, but especially for all you do throughout the year to help make the Macleay a thriving community.

Sculpture in the Gaol

Many people have visited Trial Bay Gaol over the last few weeks to see the fabulous collection of sculptures on exhibit.

The historic surrounds of the gaol add to the uniqueness of the event. I was pleased to see the entries double from last year, and the high quality of the 22 school entries.

In its ninth year, this annual exhibition has grown into one of the big drawcards for the South West Rocks area. Such a high standard exhibition takes time and effort by the organisers. National Parks and Wildlife Service and South West Rocks Chamber of Commerce received great support from local sponsors to stage the event.

I congratulate all for their commitment to boosting our economy and enriching the quality of life for the Macleay Valley community through art and culture.

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