Julian Leeser, Federal MP for Berowra
The most rewarding aspect of my job is creating community change with results that are both immediate and impactful. It’s why I’ve been so proud of the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program, which improves the local organisations that enrich our lives. This money contributes to projects that are delivered in the short-term, with impressive impacts that you’ll start to see yourself over the coming months.
Throughout the beginning of this year, I’ve been busy getting out and about – delivering around $150,000 to different groups that are bettering Berowra. I know that these grants will go a long way in helping 19 different community organisations better deliver their services.
Scouts are a fantastic environment for our boys and girls to learn and grow through adventure and challenge. I was particularly proud to support multiple Scout Groups as they mentor the leaders of tomorrow. West Pennant Hills Scouts received a $10,000 grant for their new roof, replacing their cracked covering which dates back 50 years. I granted Cherrybrook Scouts $8,000 for a hall extension so they can keep up with demand. Normanhurst Scouts also received $8,000 for the renovation of their ageing kitchen. Asquith Scouts were thrilled with their $8,000 grant, which allows them to increase accessibility through a disabled ramp.
Finally, Mount Colah/Mount Ku-ring-Gai Scout Group secured $2,500 for new shelving – helping them to properly store the equipment they work so hard to acquire through fundraising.
Recreation clubs are another important community asset, keeping us connected and active. Proper facilities promote participation in these clubs, and I’m pleased many will be strengthened as a result of our funding. Beecroft Recreation club has benefited from $5,000 for re-carpeting. The club has a history dating back more than 100 years and upkeep projects ensure it has a viable and vibrant future. The re-carpeted area will be celebrated by the many groups who use the venue, including children’s chess classes, bridge clubs and Probus clubs. Cheltenham Recreation Club is also celebrating their new corrugated roof on their croquet clubhouse, thanks to a $8,930 grant covering half their costs.
Among the other organisations that I’ve been proud to present funding to, are sporting groups like Cherrybrook’s Greenway Giants, the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Sailing Club and Hornsby Berowra Junior AFL Club.
If you’d like to learn more about the different organisations that I’ve supported, I invite you to visit my Facebook page Julian Leeser MP, where there are many videos explaining the community changes we’ve created.
Stronger local organisations mean stronger communities. I’ll continue to work hard to create meaningful change, boosting Berowra for all of us. Email me at: Julian.Leeser.MP@aph.gov.au