Grant returns to Molong with flood of funds to help RSL

READY TO EAT: NSW Police Minister Troy Grant and Molong RSL Club president Jamie Jones at the announcement of ClubGrants funding for the club. Photo: DECLAN RURENGA

READY TO EAT: NSW Police Minister Troy Grant and Molong RSL Club president Jamie Jones at the announcement of ClubGrants funding for the club. Photo: DECLAN RURENGA

Molong RSL Club will get a $95,000 upgrade in response to the floods that swept across the Central West last year.

NSW Police Minister and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant returned to Molong for the first time since the Orange byelection to announce funding.

The money will be used by the RSL club to replace their kitchen, shower and an automatic front door.

The club is a designated emergency accommodation facility for Molong, Maildra and Cumnock. 

RSL Club president Jamie Jones said the last time Molong RSL was used for an emergency was 10 years ago.

However, the emergency accommodation role was an essential part of the club’s community involvement.

“The $95,000 will allow us to upgrade our kitchen, bathroom facilities and our auditorium to provide around-the-clock assistance to those who are affected by natural disasters, but also to our emergency service volunteers,” Mr Jones said.

Mr Grant said the reason for the grant funding was the flooding which affected the Central West last year.

He said equipping emergency services workers was part of the response to natural disasters, but helping support that response and helping the community recover was just as important.

“Whenever a community experiences a natural disaster, our locals service clubs, our local community groups are absolutely imperative in the response and the recovery from those disasters,” Mr Grant said.

“Our country is a land of sweeping plains, fires, droughts and all those natural disasters that come our way but the essence of the way we response is based around community.

“We know from recent experience in the Central West that our communities bind together and support each other better than some right across the country.”

The funding comes from the ClubGrants category three program for emergency relief infrastructure.

Yeoval and District Men’s Shed received $10,400 for a generator, gas stove and electrical work so the kitchen can be upgraded and used for emergencies for the public.

Forbes’ State Emergency Services unit was awarded $128,430 to create a hard-stand for a sand-bagging area and build a new shed as well as sealing access roads.

Meanwhile, Wellington Soldiers’ Memorial Club will spend $250,000 for a back-up generator and upgrades to the electrical system.

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