Helena Duckworth, Noel Moylan, Jayne Parrott, Wendy Constantine, Gai Byrne, Chris Hawkins, Esma Thompson, Lisa White, Carmen Stewart and Natascha Wernick at Tweed Shire Council’s community donations presentation on Wednesday.
Helena Duckworth, Noel Moylan, Jayne Parrott, Wendy Constantine, Gai Byrne, Chris Hawkins, Esma Thompson, Lisa White, Carmen Stewart and Natascha Wernick at Tweed Shire Council’s community donations presentation on Wednesday. Liana Turner

Council digs deep for groups

TWEED Shire Council donated $13,515 to eight community groups on Wednesday morning.

Tweed mayor Katie Milne presented the cheques, which form part of the Tweed council’s donations policy funding.

Fred’s Place, Friends of the Hound, Murwillumbah Community Centre, Thrive 2484, Tweed Heads Community Men’s Shed, Tweed Heads Theatre Company, Uki and South Arm Historical Society and Uki Out of School Hours Centre were all gifted various donations to continue their service to the Tweed community.

Noel Moylan from Tweed Heads Men’s Shed said they were grateful for the council’s $2000 contribution to the group, which currently had 89 financial members.

He thanked the council for the donation, which would go towards an extension of the shed to keep up with growing demand.

Friends of the Hound president Lisa White said, after the live-baiting scandal had come to the forefront of the public’s attention, rescuing greyhounds from cruelty had become an even bigger task.

“While greyhound racing exists, welfare problems exist,” Ms White said.

“This ($2000) donation will help to support our efforts to have more of these dogs saved and into families as companion animals, as they should be.”

Murwillumbah Community Centre manager Wendy Constantine said the donation for their Nullum House drop-in centre, which assists more than 15,000 people a year, would help cover food and running costs.

Council also donated $2000 to homeless drop-in and support centre Fred’s Place, $2000 to Murwillumbah Community Centre’s drop-in centre Nullum House, $2000 to Thrive 2484, $1000 to Tweed Heads Theatre Company, $515 to Uki and South Arm Historical Society and $2000 to Uki Out of School Hours Care.

The cheques marked the first round of Tweed Shire Council’s donations policy funding for the 2015-16 financial year.

The second round of donations will include $13,803 in funding.



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