Council hands out $30K in community donations

Gundagai Neighbourhood Centre will receive $7,000 through the council’s community donations program to support the implementation of activities and events for the enjoyment of the community such as the annual carols in the park and twilight markets.

Gundagai and Cootamundra community groups and clubs will share in close to $30,000 as the local council announces successful applicants for their yearly community donations program.

Each year the council advertises for community groups, clubs and individuals to submit their application for consideration of a donation. This year, the applications received exceeded by more than double the amount available. 

A dedicated allocation of $30,750 has been set aside for Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council to assist the community each year. The sum total of the approved projects for this year is $29,970.63.

The projects were approved by the council at their ordinary meeting on Tuesday night.

Successful applicants include:

Cootamundra Girl Guides ($840)

Monthly Fisher Park hire fees that are currently invoiced to the Cootamundra Girl Guides at $840 per year.

Cootamundra Scouts ($772.88)

Contribution towards rates, water and sewer charges.

Cootamundra Red Cross Food Bank ($5000)

Since opening on April 30, 2021, 1711 have used the food bank. These fingers do not include Christmas figures or what the food bank gives at no charge to those in need. The food bank receives no funding and has relied on the generous support of organisations and businesses in the community and, at times, assistance from their Red Cross shop. Customers are charged $10 for 18 shelf items, and the food bank also includes bread, fruit and veggies at no cost.

Cootamundra Veterans Week of Golf ($1000)

A week of golf for men and women over the age of 55 years who play 72 holes of golf from Monday through Friday with a rest on the Tuesday. These funds will be used as sponsorship for the 54 hole individual winners.

Cootamundra Rifle Club ($1860)

To offset the cost of annual council rates.

Cootamundra Sports Foundation ($500)

A community based voluntary organisation with the aim of providing financial assistance to young athletes and junior sporting clubs in the Cootamundra area. 

Cootamundra Lions Club ($1250)

Contribution towards the annual Christmas fireworks display.

Gundagai Neighbourhood Centre ($7000)

Funding support for creating, advertising and implementing activities and events in the community for the community.

Stockinbingal Community Newsletter ($1000)

To assist with printing and distribution of newsletter.

Cootamundra Heritage Centre ($150)

Publicity and catering for the 21-year anniversary open day.

Cootamundra Rodeo Association ($5000)

Improve facilities: toilets, lights, roads.

Cootamundra Can Assist ($497.75)

3×3 gazebo with insect/solid walls for use at events.

Gundagai Basketball Association ($5000)

Contribute to costs of upgrading facilities/equipment, registration drive/day including promotion and marketing to help boost registrations.

Cootamundra Country Club Women’s Bowls ($100)

Prize money for mixed triples bowls competition.

The council said each application was assessed on its individual merits. Successful applications will be included in a document which will be made available on the council’s website ( the information of the community.

Five organisations missed out on funding due to not meeting the funding criteria.

The council also resolved that the donations budget be increased annually in line with the consumer price index.

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