General Manager Update

 GM Conversation - Financial Assistance Image

Each year Council makes provision for the Financial Assistance Program a total budget allocation of $100,000.  Of this Council has committed for the 2018/19 year $53,000 in recurrent funding being for rates, insurance subsidies and annual donations for council charges to charitable groups, community Halls, Progress and Town Associations.  

The remaining program funding is distributed for sporting related financial assistance requests and non-recurrent grants via a competitive application process. Council approved the distribution of $46,154 in Round 2 of this program for 15 different projects.  The value of works in this round of approved requests totals $126,744.

Following a successful community forum and information evening convened by the Financial Assistance Committee in November last year, it was pleasing that the program was very popular this time.  In fact there were requests totalling $248,679 for the available funding allocated of $68,000, which includes a carryover amount from previously undersubscribed Rounds.

The contribution made by Council via this program supports our volunteer organisations to deliver community events and provides real benefits to local community infrastructure.  Successful recipients are listed as follows.



Grant Received

Millthorpe Country Women’s Association

Stage 1 refurbishment of toilets to comply with wheelchair access, new windows.


Millthorpe Village Committee

Installation of seating at Rotunda Redmond Oval


CWA - Central Western Group

School Public Speaking Competition


Blayney Town Association

Skate Park Working Party - Year round workshops


Newbridge Progress Association

Brian Bennett Pavilion


Neville Public Hall Crown Land Management

Neville Public Hall Fencing


Neville Equine Performance

Defibrillator for Neville Showground


Neville Public Hall Crown Land Management

Tea Room Roofing


Blayney A&P Association

Blayney Showground Pavilion


Blayney Uniting Church

Underpinning of the Church and repair works


Blayney Town Association

Purchase of PA System


Food of Orange Week Inc.

Community Centre Hire for Blayney Autumn Grazing Dinner


Neville Show Society

Donation - Insurance


Sailability NSW Central West Branch

Donation - Insurance


Barry Progress Association

Barry Hall Refurbishment


In addition, it was determined that the recurrent annual donations component for Insurance guidelines be reviewed.  The Financial Assistance Policy contribution in regards to contributions for public liability insurance premiums will be as follows:

  • 100% in full for Town, Village or Progress Associations (or similar groups) that represent the interests of a town, village or locality;
  • 50 cents in the $ for total premiums up to $1,500 (i.e. maximum financial assistance $750) for groups that provide a broadly used community facility that can demonstrate long term sustainability.   
Round 1 of the 2019/20 Financial Assistance Program will be open in July 2019, closing early August.  Council will provide feedback to those applications which were unsuccessful this time to ensure that each community organisation may reapply.


Last modified: 21 Mar 2019

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