Inland Rail boosts southern NSW culture and wellbeing groups

We are proudly supporting communities along the Albury to Illabo alignment through our Community Sponsorship and Donations Program with grants recently awarded to cultural, sporting, health and education groups.

Kicking for goal at Junee Junior Rugby League

On 22 June the Wagga Women’s Health Centre officially illuminated the centre with its new safe night lights. The centre’s Jackie Sellars said the timing of the installation was ideal now Winter has arrived.

“The Wagga Wagga Women’s Health Centre provides crisis support and counselling, and other services for women experiencing trauma, grief, loss, domestic violence, sexual assault and other mental health matters.”

“We have been able to illuminate the front sign so women know where to find us and the extra lighting means they feel safe even when they arrive after dark to access our group sessions and services,” she said.

Meanwhile, after being originally cancelled by Covid-19 in 2020, Margaret Dalmau the manager of Lilier Lodge said the fundraising high tea sponsored by Inland Rail would finally go ahead on 20 October this year as part of Wagga Wagga’s Cancer Fight Back Weekend.

In Junee Inland Rail has provided support to boost education and sports in the community.

Junee High School’s principal Scott Frazier said the “generous donation” had provided a boost to the To Dream To Create To Succeed program

“Thank you Inland Rail the additional laptops have allowed all Year 8 students access to their own device during the school day.”

“Students have been able to access many learning activities and benefitted from the access to great programs,” he said.

While out on the football field Junee Junior Rugby League has a new set of goal posts to lift the spirits of the team when playing and training at home.

Club treasurer Jenny Crowder said the grant made a real difference to the mini’s field.

“The new posts provide a safer environment for our players and will be here for many years to come, thanks Inland Rail for your support,” she said.

Inland Rail also provided a welcomed grant to The Rock Town Hall and Museum used to purchase blinds for all windows in the museum.

Museum secretary Nancy Smith said the grant played a big role in the museum’s upgrade.

“We are currently in the process of moving our museum upstairs so the blinds are necessary to exclude natural light and heat from the area,” she said.

The dark block out blinds are important for keeping the light out and protecting the artefacts.

“The grant has assisted us in improving the museum and keeping the history of our village alive,” she said.

Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Program offers four rounds a year of grants between $1000 and $4000 to individuals and organisations in regional areas along the Inland Rail route that contribute to local and regional prosperity, well-being and sustainability.

Applications for Round 3 are now open. You can find out more here.