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29th Feb 2016

$25,000 In Funds Handed Over

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Young residents benefit from Southern Phone Grant

Six community groups in the Young Shire were selected to share in a $25,000 grant provided by telecommunications provider, Southern Phone. Southern Phone chairman, Bill Hilzinger, recently presented the community grant cheque to Young’s mayor Brian Ingram.

Among the community groups and key projects to benefit were Young and District Family History Group who will see their funds for the publication of transcriptions from cemetery plaques, the Cornerstone Community Kitchen for an upgrade to facilities; Young Society of Artists for the purchase and installation of an art clip rail; Young Historical Society for the provision of a display stand and shelving, the Cancer Patients Foundation “Look Good, Feel Better initiative” and Young Rotary Club for the provision of a safe driver training simulator.

“Hundreds of local residents will enjoy the improvements that these groups can make to our community thanks to this grant from Southern Phone,” said Cr Brian Ingram.

“This grant has enabled some important projects to ‘get off the ground’ in our local area, some of which had been well planned and partially funded by the community but just needed some extra financial support to bring the plans to life,” he said.

More than $1 million has been distributed between 41 mostly regional Council areas in NSW as part of a new Southern Phone community grant initiative.

The program will see the telecommunications provider support community projects in each of its shareholder council areas to the value of $25,000 this year.

“We are very pleased to be able to provide this funding boost and glad to be able to make a difference in these regional areas,” said Southern Phone managing director, Mark Warren.

The funding provided through the Southern Phone grants is in addition to the dividends Southern Phone already pays each year to shareholder councils.

“This grant program builds on our existing commitment to supporting rural and regional Australia,” he said.

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