Two community groups on the Comboyne Plateau and two from the Bulahdelah community have been given a further boost with the announcement of new Federal funding.
Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie has announced funding under the Coalition Government’s Volunteer Grants programme to assist Comboyne Tigers Rugby League Football Club, the Comboyne Community Centre, the Bulahdelah Soccer Club and the Bulahdelah Chamber of Commerce & Tourism.
“The Tigers Rugby League Club has been successful in securing a $4,200 grant for new kitchen appliances for the clubhouse and I am delighted to announce that the Comboyne Community Association will receive $5,000 towards the costs of a new air-conditioning system for the Community Association,” Dr Gillespie said.
“The Bulahdelah Soccer Club has been successful in securing a $4,450 grant for new computer equipment, outdoor furniture, First Aid safety and electronic equipment for the clubhouse,” Dr Gillespie said.
Dr Gillespie also visited the Bulahdelah Visitor Information Centre to meet with members of the Bulahdelah Chamber of Commerce & Tourism to announce $1,580 in Federal funding towards the cost of new computer equipment.
The Australian Government has invested $20 million in Volunteer Grants in recognition of the valuable role volunteers play in building more resilient and cohesive communities, and supporting individual participation in community life.
“Volunteering has a strong presence throughout our community, whether it be helping out with local sporting teams and land care groups, responding to natural disasters and emergencies, or helping local charities support some of our most disadvantaged people,” Dr Gillespie said.
Of interest near Bulahdelah and on the Comboyne Plateau
The Alum Mountain
Overlooking the town of Bulahdelah, the Alum Mountain provides views of the area from Cabbage Tree Mountain to the coastline. A lookout is accessible via walking trails and car access extends about two thirds of the way up. Abandoned mining equipment from the mining operations up until 1952 is found in parts of the mountain as are blast caves. A disused mining cart trail directly up the mountain (known by the locals as “the trolley track”) is part of the heritage mine-site complex.
Boorganna Nature Reserve
The Boorganna Nature Reserve is a protected nature reserve located northwest of Taree on the Comboyne Plateau in New South Wales, Australia. The 396-hectare (980-acre) reserve, managed by the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, was gazetted in 1904 and is the second oldest nature reserve in the state. The reserve features various forest types, including stands of sub tropical rainforest of which the large rosewood, yellow carabeen and small leaf fig are particularly noteworthy. The reserve is a remnant of the former extensive rainforest on the Comboyne Plateau. The plateau was cleared between 1900 and 1925. Australian red cedar was logged in the area in the nineteenth century. The exploration, knowledge, uses and history of this area by Indigenous Australians is not well known in the present day.