TransGrid gives almost $50,000 to support community initiatives


TransGrid grants close to $50,000 to support community initiatives

TransGrid has announced the latest winners of its Community Partnerships Program for 2016, delivering almost $50,000 to community groups across the Dapto and Bathurst regions.

Dapto Community Farm is among the successful recipients. Providing a space for community members to grow their own vegetables, the farm is set to receive more than $4000 to buy a new water pump and ensure it remains open to the public.

Committee member Gill Brydon said the old water pump was severely damaged in severe floods late last year and without a replacement the days of the community farm would be numbered.

"Without water we can't grow vegetables, it's as basic as that. We need water to carry on with the farm," Ms Brydon said.

"Especially coming into this time of year when it gets much hotter – the need to have access to water is even greater."

Ms Brydon said the Community Farm plays a vital role in the local Dapto area, offering a space for older people within the community who have had to sell their homes or move to apartments and no longer have the space for their own gardens.

"We also have young families who love coming to the garden to grow chemical free vegetables, as well as a lot of different nationalities. It is a real multicultural place where people come to make friends, but also to learn new skills."

"In one garden bed you may have an Italian family growing Italian vegetable and then next to them is a Burmese woman growing her traditional Burmese vegies. Without the grant from TransGrid, we could have lost all of this."

In Bathurst, Elizabeth Chifley Preschool has been granted $7500 towards replacing ageing playground equipment at the school.

Chairman David Whittingham said the new playground will incorporate exercise and sensory experiences to enable the development of fundamental movement, social, numeracy and literacy skills.

"Some of our equipment has been around for more than 40 years," Mr Whittingham said.

"We have plans for a wonderful new playground, which will really make things nice and fresh for a new generation of children going through the school."

In total, there were 11 successful applicants for TransGrid's 2016 Community Partnerships Program, which was rolled out in Bathurst and Dapto earlier this year. Other winners include:


Elizabeth Chifley PreschoolFunding to go to a new playground and garden to replace the old equipment, which is more than 40 years old. The playground will incorporate exercise and sensory experiences.$7,500
Conservation Volunteers AustraliaA ten-month program aimed at improving the lives and social interactions of disabled people while caring for the environmental health of green spaces in and around Bathurst.$7,500
Bathurst SkillsetContinued specialist information sessions by dieticians, drug and alcohol, mental health and fitness professionals for community members.$5,000
Family Service Illawarra – Leaving ViolencePersonal mobile SOS devices for frontline workers, which combine a GPS locator with 24 hours monitoring and response services.  $4,400
Historic Aircraft Restoration Society Security and display lighting for external displays.$5,363
Dapto Community FarmFunds to replace the water pump which was damaged in during flooding in the Illawarra.$4,580
Albion Park Crows Junior Football ClubNew line marker for local football fields.$2,000
Lakeside Lions Junior Football ClubFunding towards new lighting which meets Australian standards.$5,000
Dapto Rural Fire BrigadeUpgrade computer facilities and training rooms with central server, which will assist by centralising and providing a backup for training resources.$5,280
Albion Park Oak Flats Senior Football ClubFunding towards the upgrade of existing facilities, including a canteen and refreshments building.$5,000
Family Services Illawarra- Park and PlayResources for Park and Play program for residents of Albion Park.$4,000


TransGrid Community Engagement Specialist Melissa Maurer said the program focuses on giving back to communities by supporting local initiatives which improve health, education, safety or the environment.

"This program is part of our ongoing commitment to help build lasting relationships with local communities in areas where TransGrid assets are located, being built, or upgraded," Ms Maurer said.

"We are so proud to be supporting such a wide range of community initiatives across Bathurst and Dapto."

For further information about TranGrid's Community Partnerships Program, including future rounds of funding, visit

TransGrid operates the high voltage network in NSW and the ACT, connecting generators, distributors and major end users.

For further information, photo opportunities or to arrange an interview, please contact Community Engagement Specialist Melissa Maurer on 4967 8639.