$300,000 boost for Pottsville Beach centre
BY KATE MCINTOSH
POTTSVILLE Beach Neighbourhood Centre received a huge boost yesterday after it was awarded more than $300,000 in government funding. The centre's co-ordinator and community facilitator Angela Maxwell said the funding was vital to providing core community services. "Here at the centre we connect with a lot of disadvantaged families and individuals and yet the Tweed Coast is almost bereft of human services. "Pottsville has the highest growth rate in the Tweed Shire. This funding will ensure continuity in community development and make sure we keep pace with demand," she said. The funding will largely go towards the salary of two new staff members, public liability insurance and volunteer support training over the next four years. Ms Maxwell said the centre had struggled in the past to meet the needs of the community due to a lack of funding and had survived on fundraising and a strong volunteer base. The funding was made available through the Federal Government's Local Answers initiative to strengthen family and community support programs. The Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre provides a range of regular services and activities which aim to meet the social, cultural, educational and welfare needs of Tweed Coast residents.