Foundation stones set for Harrington sheds

TWO of Harrington's much loved community groups are a step closer to their new sheds, following a special foundation stone ceremony on Monday (April 28).

Harrington Crowdy Head Marine Rescue's John Fitzgerald, member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams and Harrington Men's Shed's Bob Downing placed hand prints into the foundation stones.

Harrington Crowdy Head Marine Rescue's John Fitzgerald, member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams and Harrington Men's Shed's Bob Downing placed hand prints into the foundation stones.

Both Harrington Men's Shed and Harrington Crowdy Head Marine Rescue will have new sheds built on the same site in the coming months, thanks to their own fundraising and the help of gorvernment grants.

The latest grant for both organisations was delivered at Monday's ceremony by member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams.

Through the Community Building Partnership Grants program the men's shed was given $25,000 and the marine rescue was given $20,000.

These donations will go towards the slabs being put down and the overall construction of the sheds.

"This marks the start of these two fantastic projects," said Leslie.

"These are straight out grants for two great organisations."

In just over two years Harrington Men's Shed has raised more than $140,000 and now has 87 members.

The group is excited to finally be getting a home of its own, and one which will easily fit all its members.

Harrington Crowdy Head Marine Rescue will use its shed to house one of its rescue vessels, while it is expecting another new boat in May.

Members from each organisation agreed that Leslie has been a big supporter of the Harrington community over the years and thanked her for her continued interest in their work.

Both are major contributors to the Harrington community in a range of capacities, with the men's shed having been involved in different community projects including the tool muster for victims of the Coonabarabran bushfires, restoring the 120 year old Harrington Public School bell, and helping to build a gardening shed at the Crowdy Head Public School, while the marine rescue organises the local markets and is a vital contributor to the continued safety of boats and other vessels on our waterways.

It was also a special event for marine rescue volunteer, Merv Orpin who was presented with his 10 years of volunteering medal, a great achievement.

The ceremony concluded with Father Steve Niland blessing the foundation stones.

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