TransGrid announces $50k in grants to Bathurst Dapto community groups

TransGrid has announced it’s latest round of community grants to 11 groups around the Dapto and Bathurst area totalling $50,000.

The grants help support small volunteer groups provide services for their local communities.

TransGrid community engagement specialist Melissa Maurer said the program is designed to give back to communities and to support local initiatives which improve health, education, safety or the environment.

“We are so proud to be supporting such a wide range of community initiatives across Bathurst and Dapto,” she said.

Dapto Community Farm is among the successful recipients. This group provides an area for members to grow their own vegetables, and received more than $4000 for a new water pump.

Committee member Gill Brydon said the old water pump was damaged in floods last year.

“Without water we can’t grow vegetables, it’s as basic as that. We need water to carry on with the farm,” Ms Brydon said.

“Especially coming into this time of year when it gets much hotter – the need to have access to water is even greater.”

Ms Brydon said the Community Farm plays a vital role in the local Dapto area, offering a space for older people within the community who have had to sell their homes or move to apartments and no longer have the space for their own gardens.

Other organisations to receive grants are the Elizabeth Chifley Pre-school, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Bathurst Skillset, Family Service Illawarra – Leaving Violence, Historic Aircraft Restoration Society, Dapto Community Farm, Albion Farm Crows Junior Football Club, Lakeside Lions Junior Football Club, Dapto Rural Fire Brigade, Albion Park Oak Flats Senior Football Club and Family Services Illawarra Park and Play.

To see the full list of recipients and their projects, click here.