Mudgee Lions Club has commenced building a new shed at Mudgee Showground following a Federal Government $20,000 grant under the Tackling Tough Times Together drought support program.
Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, said the grant program is managed by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.
“We are in the grips of a debilitating drought across the region,” Mr Gee noted.
“These grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives which directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly,” Mr Gee said.
“Mudgee Lions Club do a wonderful job in the community and this new building will be utilised by a number of community organisations, providing a space for meetings, conference, displays, events and a variety of functions.
“This is exactly the type of project the Tackling Tougher Times Together grants are designed to support and I am thrilled, through our assistance, that they have now raised the money needed to commence the building works on site.”
Mr Gee noted Mudgee Lions Club also received $16,000 under Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Grants program in November last year, to kick start the building project.
Mudgee Lions Club secretary, David Halpin, welcomed the news of the grant and said the project could not have gone ahead without the support of the Federal Government grants.
“They have been a real shot-in-the-arm for this building project and we are so excited to finally get it underway,” Mr Halpin said.