Seven local community groups in Hawkesbury Benefit from Southern Phone grant

Seven non-profit organisations and community groups have been selected to share in a $25,000 grant provided by telecommunications provider, Southern Phone.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Kim Ford and Southern Phone Managing Director, Mark Warren formally announced the funding recipients on Thursday, 4 February 2016 at the Hawkesbury City Council Chambers, Windsor. They were joined by representatives from the successful grant recipients.

“The community groups and organisations that have received these grants will be able to strengthen their programs and activities which will greatly benefit the local community,” Councillor Ford said.

“I’d like to thank Southern Phone Company for supporting local communities in regional NSW, and providing much needed funding for vital services and programs in our area.”

The community groups to benefit are:

 Peppercorn Services Inc – $5,000 for upgrading ageing technology

 Hawkesbury Community Outreach Services Inc – $1,500 for outreach service and care packs.

 Hobartville Long Day Preschool – $1968,00 for play unit sails

 Hawkesbury Community Outreach Services Incorporated – $3,500 for Mad Mob Aboriginal Cultural Art Group

 Glossodia Community Information and Neighbourhood centre Inc – $3,307 for Glossodia Community Centre Audio Visual Enhancement

 Lincs Volunteer Scheme Incorporated – $4,725 for acknowledgement of Volunteers.

 North Richmond Community Centre Inc – $5,500 for new furniture and furnishings.

Southern Phone Company Ltd was formed in 2002 after the receipt of funding from the Commonwealth
Government’s Networking the Nation (NTN) program. A public company, Southern Phone is owned by 41 local councils, of which Hawkesbury City Council is one. Each one of the 41 councils has an equal shareholding.

The Southern Phone Grants Scheme was launched in December 2014. Since then more than two million dollars has been distributed between 41 mostly regional council areas in NSW as part of this community grant initiative. The program has delivered a grant of $25,000 to support community projects in each of its shareholder council areas.

The Southern Cross Phone Grant Scheme was open to non-profit community groups and the $25,000 grant for Hawkesbury community groups and organisations was administered by Hawkesbury City Council.

Photo caption: Hawkesbury Mayor, Clr Kim Ford and Southern Phone Managing Director, Mark Warren, present Hawkesbury community Groups with their share of the $25,000 grant initiative.

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