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Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis spoke with (L-R) the CEO of Nungera Co-operative Society Elizabeth Mercy-Bushell, former Director Glenda McPhail, Director Gloria Currie, former CEO Aneika Kapeen and Chairperson Sam Kapeen after he announced $134000 in funding to upgrade the Nungera Community Hall at Hillcrest, Maclean. Image: contributed

Lower Clarence big winners in securing grants

More than $160000 has been allocated to fund two community infrastructure projects in the Lower Clarence.

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis visited locations in Yamba and Maclean on November 2, declaring both townships as winners in the latest round of Nationals in NSW Government infrastructure grants.

Mr Gulaptis announced $134000 will help fund the demolition and rebuilding of the Nungera Community Hall at Hillcrest in Maclean.

Describing the upgrade of the asbestos-ridden structure as overdue, Mr Gulaptis said the new and modern facility will deliver many benefits to the local Indigenous community.

Mr Gulaptis said the Nungera Co-operative Society Ltd deserved praise for their successful application of an infrastructure grant, as did the volunteers from Marine Rescue Iluka Yamba who have secured $26000 to purchase new outboard motors for their vessel, Iluka Yamba 20.

“Their rescue efforts will now be powered by two brand new 90hp Suzuki outboards, which means more lives saved,” Mr Gulaptis said.

Marine Rescue Iluka Yamba Unit Commander Peter Richards said the waters along the Clarence River were some of the busiest in NSW and are regularly used by recreational boaters, fishermen from across the region, sailing and cruising yacht clubs, and dive groups.

“In an emergency, every second counts, and the new engines will give us the power, speed and reliability we need to respond quickly and safely to emergencies,” he explained.

Mr Gulaptis said the money from hall and boat upgrades came from taxes on pokie machine profits made by the Club Industry, and that the Nationals in NSW Government were currently looking for more great local projects to fund.

“Applications have just opened for the next round of the program and I want local not-for-profits to apply for a share of the $12.5 million up for grabs this year,” he said.

Grants of between $10000 and $300000 can be used toward the costs of construction, alteration, renovation, completion and fit-out of buildings and community infrastructure.

They fall into four categories: Arts & Culture, Community Infrastructure, Disaster Readiness, and Sport & Recreation.

Applications must be submitted by November 22. 

To apply, please visit