Tele Point volunteers

On Monday November 8, a number of local residents and TPCA members met with the Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience, Senator Bridget McKenzie, and Member for Cowper, Pat Conaghan, at the Community Hall to learn more about the federal government’s $600m ‘Preparing Australian Communities’ program.

“The program will target locally identified projects that will improve the resilience of communities in the social, economic, natural or built environment and is focussed on building community resilience to bushfire, tropical cyclone and floods.

The guidelines for the first stream of the program are now available for communities and both Senator McKenzie and Mr. Conaghan arrived at the community hall in Telegraph Point to urge locals to familiarise themselves with the $150 million Preparing Australian Communities Program – Local ahead of the opening of applications on December 10.” Read more on The Port App

Local businesses can apply via Preparing Australian Communities – Local Stream

The Telegraph Point Community Association has been working hard behind the scenes to apply for grants and funding to improve local facilities and have been informed of their success in applying for a significant grant.

Vinnies Bushfire Community Grant $30,000 Kitchen Refit

The volunteers who worked tirelessly through fires and floods have now scored a $30,000 kitchen refit as part of a Vinnies bushfire community grant.

“The Telegraph Point Community Hall has been a haven of safety over the last two years, offering food, shelter and kindness to local families who have suffered throughout fire, flood and pandemic.

The night the application for the community grant was due, Chontelle Shore and Sue Pike both sat down to have a last-minute crack at the daunting paperwork.

“Vinnies had individual grants for people affected by the 2019 bushfires, and this was an area heavily affected by the bushfires,” Ms. Shore said. “It was Round 3 of the grants and we managed to get one to help with the Community Hall.”

“Sue and I sat down and pulled it together in a midnight scurry. We didn’t have a lot of time,” Ms. Shore said.

“We tried really hard to keep community in mind with our application, grassroots needed to see the money, and so yeah, we’re now getting a new kitchen.”

The kitchen has already benefitted from a brand-new gas stove and oven, and the ladies are currently looking into quotes for an entire refit that will bring the old kitchen into the 21st century and excitement is already brewing as to what the Community Hall will be able to provide with the new additions.

“We’re getting a $30,000 commercial kitchen,” Ms. Pike said.

“It will allow us to hire out the hall for weddings and parties and generate some income for the Hall, and will also be used for training purposes, for those studying things like food handling courses, so there is a lot to look forward to.” Read more on The Port App with thanks to Bodge for permission to share.

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