Funding to upgrade fire standards

Gloucester Recreation Centre is owned by MidCoast Council.
Gloucester Recreation Centre is owned by MidCoast Council.

Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen has welcomed $10,000 in NSW Government funding for the upgrade of fire safety standards in Gloucester buildings owned by MidCoast Council.

Mr Johnsen said the project will include improved emergency and exit lighting and new fire extinguishers.

“The community will benefit from greater security, increased fire prevention, earlier warning systems and an improved capacity to fight fires,” Mr Johnsen said.

“This project will give all users of the council owned public buildings peace of mind that modern fire prevention initiatives are in place.” 

The project is one of 26 across NSW funded from the latest round of the Clubgrants category three infrastructure grants program.  

“Over $50 million in Clubgrants infrastructure funding is being provided in the current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency preparedness, and arts and culture,” Mr Johnsen said.  

“These grants are funded through a rebate on the state’s registered clubs’ gaming machines to reinvest profits back into community projects.

 “We improved the program in 2017 by giving community organisations more chances to apply for a wider range of projects.

“New funding ranges are encouraging more diverse projects, and a streamlined application process is cutting red tape and allowing for faster assessment,” Mr. Johnsen concluded.