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PHOTO: Chris Gulaptis is pictured with members of the Grafton Vintage Motor Vehicle Club (l-r) Ken Norton, Kim Dahl & Doug Clark. Image: Contributed

Grafton Vintage Car Club among green grant winners

Jabour Park in South Grafton, used by the Grafton Vintage Car Club as well as touch footy teams, is one of a number of local public reserves set for a spruce up thanks to NSW Government grants totalling more than $200,000, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced.

“Fires, floods and drought have given us a battering in recent years and visitor numbers have been down because of the pandemic,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“But community treasures from the Koala Reserve in Iluka to the Dirawong Reserve at Evans Head and the twin river islands in Grafton all deserve a bit of TLC and that is what the Nationals in Government is funding here.”

Mr Gulaptis said the cash splash, which he described as “good news for people and bad news for weeds”, would be allocated for worthy public reserve and community hall rejuvenation from Glenreagh to Evans Head.

Successful projects are:

  • Glenreagh Recreation Reserve: $65,453 to upgrade office and canteen;
  • Susan and Elizabeth Islands, Clarence River, Grafton: $47,491 for weed control;
  • Jabour Park, South Grafton: $29,535 to upgrade sports field;
  • Harwood Island Hall: $29,314 for fit out;
  • Iluka Koala Reserve: $6897 for path, signs and benches;
  • Dirawong Reserve, Evans Head: $20,000 for weed control;
  • Copmanhurst War Memorial Hall: $14,616 to fix water damage.

The Grafton Vintage Motor Vehicle Club will hold its annual Motorfest at Jabour Park on Sunday, March 27 after it was postponed last year due to COVID restrictions.