ESSCI, 1st sea scouts and Wyndham men’s shed receive grants

Over $27,000 has been granted to three local organisations through the NSW government Community Building Partnership Grants.

NSW Finance Minister Andrew Constance made the announcement last Wednesday that Eden Service and Social Club Incorporated (ESSCI), 1st Eden Scouts and Wyndham Men’s Shed have been successful in receiving funds for various projects.

ESSCI secretary Graham Gray said the $8007 grant will go towards the rejuvenation of the Eden Cenotaph.

“The grant is really great. The rejuvenation will allow the older diggers to enjoy services,” Mr Gray said.

“We are planning to lay a concrete semi-circular area for the Cenotaph so they can sit down on chairs safely but still attend the marches.

“The existing pathway has been painted with a grey colouring so we will also be removing this and matching it to the new pathways,” he said.

1st Eden Scouts have been granted $11,500 for the construction of a storage shed at the Eden Scout Hall which leader in charge New Cowgill said is brilliant.

“We are over the moon about it…the shed will cost over $20,000 but this will mean we won’t have to fundraise half as much as we thought,” he said.

“It means that we will be able to build a store room to house our canoes, barbecues and large equipment which are currently stored in the hall.

“We are tripping over things at the moment and building the shed will free up the hall for games and increase safety.

Wyndham Men’s Shed received $7,500 for the restoration and improvement of their men’s shed.

Wyndham Men’s Shed public officer/chairman Tony Heriot said the club has come a long way since he initiated it 12 months ago in his own backyard shed.

“We applied for two grants to fix up the old fire shed in Wyndham and the success of this grant for starters, means we can put in a disabled toilet, guttering, down pipes, insulation and improvements to make the shed more habitable, especially in the winter months,” Mr Heriot said.

“Ultimately we would like to purchase more equipment for the fellers to work with.

“I was elated. It is absolutely wonderful. The DA nearly took all our funds and last week we were blown out of the water,” he said.

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