Myall Lakes residents have the opportunity to vote for a range of projects hopeful of funding through the My Community Project initiative.
The electorate joins Camden for an early voting trial in the new program, where successful projects will be determined through a public vote.
The projects that receive the most votes will be funded, with more than $260,000 available across the Myall Lakes electorate.
Eligible voters are people who live in NSW are are aged 16 years and older.
Voters can shortlist three to five projects for funding. Each preference will be given points as followed:
- First preference- 10 points
- Second preference- five points
- Third preference- three points
- Fourth preference- two points
- Fifth preference- one point
Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said the process gives residents the power to select their preferred projects.
"My Community Project empowers communities to make decisions that will enhance our local towns and villages, by proposing and choosing projects to get funded," Mr Bromhead said.
To cast a vote, visit a Service NSW office or www.nsw.gov.au/mycommunityproject.
What are the projects?
In the Myall Lakes electorate, 20 projects are vying for funding through the My Community initiative.
Rotary Club of Taree on Manning seeks funding to hold nine riverside events on Friday nights during summer at the yet to be built riverstage. The club has requested $40,000.
MidCoast Council has applied for $112,533 to complete the community solar project for Forster Tuncurry Mens Shed. This would involve the installation of a 40 kilowatt hybrid solar system with battery storage to provide renewable energy to the site.
The council has also applied for $200,000 to create new public art in various towns and villages as part of the Vibrant Spaces project.
Another council project would see 145 metres of concrete pathways installed at Second Head Reserve. This would cost $34,800 and improve access for all users.
Karting NSW wants to install a modern track safety light system at Manning Valley Kart Club. The project would improve safety for competitors and free volunteers for other duties at a cost of $32,000.
Black Head Surf Life Saving Club has applied for $122,251 to replace aging toilets with a modern facility (ambulant and disabled toilets) at Black Head Pool.
Taree Basketball Association would use $110,000 to construct new wheelchair and disability friendly amenities at Saxby's Stadium.
For their Street Food Project, Chatham High School would purchase a fully equipped food van worth $42,500.
PCYC Taree hopes to create an inclusive and innovative space with a $66,000 grant. The centre said young people will lead and teach projects in the "Space to Create", such as workshops.
Wingham Campdraft Club dreams of upgrading cattleyards at Wingham Showground. For $29,645, new sorting yards would create a safer working environment for users and cattle.
For $46,575, Wingham Chamber of Commerce would record, dismantle and relocate Settlers Hut from the Upper Manning to a central location in Wingham.
Bungwahl Public School's P and C wants to use $40,000 to build a modern play space in the playground for students.
Toilets and showers for the general public, onsite campers and the handicapped could be constructed for $97,000 through an application by the Little Plain Recreation and Public Hall Reserve Trust.
Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club has applied for $182,000 to purchase and build seven shade structures to "provide protection for patrons from the elements".
Trustees of Church Property for the Diocese of Newcastle has applied for two grants to upgrade the Anglican Church at Forster. These include extending and upgrading facilities at the inclusive centre for young children, elderly and Aboriginal people as well as improving the interior and exterior surrounds of the church to enable increased use by children's groups and community members. The requests are valued at $88,250 and $101,758.
With an eye on fitness, Rotary Club of Great Lakes would like to commission the construction of outdoor exercise equipment in the park at Pebbly Beach. The club said the station will complement the barbecue and playground area at a cost of $25, 652.
Forster Neighbourhood Centre workers would use $34,990 to bring child and family services and financial counselling to isolated families through a reliable car.
Pacific Palms Public School would like to create a new playground for $79,500. The school insists the space will improve motor and social skills.
Forster District Baptist Church has applied for $40,000 to install split system air conditioning units at the hall.
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