Boost for community groups from Hastings Co-op | photos

More than $17,000 in Hastings Co-op Community Chest grants has been presented to local groups.

They will fund everything from training equipment for King Creek Rural Fire Brigade and a sound system for Comboyne Hall to Wauchope Swimming Club’s new timing software, a storage shed at Beechwood Public School and special furniture for Wauchope Public School students with mobility aids.

Other projects included:

  • playing and curating equipment for Wauchope Cricket Club;
  • portable PA systems for Wauchope Junior Rugby League and Hastings Old Holdens;
  • storage cupboards for Wauchope Lions Club;
  • play equipment at Wauchope Community Preschool;
  • directional signage for Hastings Valley Mountain Bike Club;
  • training and game day equipment for Wauchope Netball Club and;
  • upgrades to Hastings Public School’s running track.

Jim Munro from the Lions Club said it would be great to be able to store food in new cupboards at the Showground, to prevent any of it being destroyed.

The King Creek Rural Fire Brigade were delighted with their new television to deliver training to members.  It also saves them having to fundraise to buy one.

Presenting the awards, mayor Peta Pinson said the community spirit burns very brightly in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region.

“The generosity of Hastings Co-op helps groups to achieve goals they wouldn’t have believed possible, and I commend them for it,” she said.

“This year’s recipients were all looking for ways to improve, for the benefit of their members, and we’re really pleased we could provide a helping hand,” said Hastings CEO Allan Gordon.

“The projects are far-reaching and will benefit a wide cross-section of the community, but the one thing they have in common is they recognise the contribution our hard-working non-for-profit groups make to the Hastings way of life. We hope each of the groups, their members, volunteers and the wider community enjoy the benefits of these grants for many years to come.”

Hastings Co-op’s IGA customers play a vital role in the Community Chest program, with funds from specially-marked products, including the Community Co. range, pooled to provide the grants.