Community groups receive annual gifts from Council

Wednesday, 04 July

Twenty-two organisations and community groups received donations from Lismore City Council today at the presentation of the Annual Community Grants Scheme.

Successful projects this year range from solar panels for the Lismore CWA Rooms and air conditioning for Lismore’s Rochdale Theatre to disabled access and toilet facilities for the Lismore Scouts and rehabilitation of Hollingworth Creek.

The community groups received grants between $500 and $10,000 while all 29 rural halls in the Local Government Area received $2000 toward insurance and maintenance costs, and those subject to general rates had them donated.

Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith said over the years the Annual Community Grants Scheme had funded hundreds of small to medium community projects which have had far-reaching impacts across the community.

“The spirit of the grants scheme is about funding projects or activities that enrich our community. Council understands that a small amount of money invested in the community can go a long way,” Isaac said.

“For a small community group, a few thousand dollars might mean being able to run a really worthwhile project that directly benefits the community. In many cases, if these small programs were to stop, people would fall through the cracks and our society would be worse off.

“We never have enough money to give to these wonderful groups, but it’s always a happy occasion when we get to say thank you to those who make such a huge difference in our community.”

The successful recipients in 2018/19 are:

Grant Applicant



Lismore Home Garden Education Club Inc


2018 Spring Garden Competition

Lismore Theatre Company Inc


Air conditioning Lismore’s Rochdale Theatre

Lismore Musical Festival Society

$10,000 recurring

Annual Lismore Eisteddfod

Lismore Country Women's Association


Solar Panels for CWA Rooms Lismore

Lismore Senior Citizens Social Club


Purchase of defibrillator and other associated equipment and training

Wyrallah Hall Association  Inc


Activities for children and youth

Nimbin Aquarius Foundation Inc.

$1,750 recurring

Tribal Dance Rites Trials

Big Scrub Landcare


Big Scrub Rainforest Day 2018

LightnUp Inc


Bitumen surface for Lantern Parade workshop

Richmond River Historical Society


Exploring Lismore’s CBD Heritage

Whian Whian Memorial Hall


Updating fire doors to ensure safety for community and those using the hall

City of Lismore RSL Sub branch

$2,000 recurring

Welfare Assistance Program

Hollingworth Creek Landcare


Rehabilitation of the eastern side of Hollingworth Creek

Friends of the Koala Inc.


Upgrade koala care facility to enhance education and tourism experience

YWCA Northern Rivers


Growing Up in Lismore on Widjabul Country

Lismore Swans Australian Football Club


Oakes Oval/Mortimer Oval audio solution

Lismore Croquet Club Inc.


Purchase of computing equipment

Life Education NSW

$4,800 recurring

Towing of the Life Education Centre

Dorroughby and Glenview Community Centre


Dorroughby Hall Restumping

Reel Abrupt Film Festival


Film Festival

1st Lismore Scouts


Disabled access and disabled toilet

Nimbin School of Arts


Nimbin Youth Film Festival



Image: Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith with the 2018 Annual Community Grants Scheme recipients.

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