More than 80 NSW clubs, businesses and organisations have joined together to raise $170,000 for the Eden community after making it through a difficult year of bushfires, floods and COVID-19 restrictions.
Club executives and sponsors recently met in Eden to hand over a cheque to help Bega Valley Shire Council with the redevelopment of a sports and recreation precinct in Barclay Street.
Bega Valley Shire Council Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick said the generous donation showed the willingness to help impacted communities is still strong.
“This donation will be spent along with a $653,000 Department of Regional NSW grant, and additional state and federal funding to deliver improved sports facilities, a play area, a skate park, a free-throw basketball court, foot bridges and extra parking,” he said.
“Last summer, this location became a hub for many visitors and locals, particularly those with caravans who had nowhere else to go so it’s great to be in a position to now further develop the area.
“This is a big project made even better with a donation raised collectively by generous organisations wanting to help through their Unite and Raise fund for Australian bushfire relief.
“On behalf of the Eden community and council, I thank all who have given to this wonderful project.
“It’s nearly a year since the devastating border fire ravaged villages and localities south of Eden, and it’s with heartfelt thanks we receive this act of kindness.
“It’s been a trying time for the Eden community and surrounds, with the border fire stripping the township of its much needed summer visitors, and COVID-19 halting cruise ship passenger arrivals for the time being.
“Something we have come to realise, with fires and flood taking their toll during the past few years, is that recovery and relief happens best when the community has an opportunity to meet and share experiences.
“This cheque for $170,000 will go towards the major upgrade of an important community space where the people of Eden and surrounds can come together.
“The Barclay Street pavilion upgrade will deliver a multifunction community space to encourage sports, events and recreational pursuits to keep Eden on the path to recovery.”
The new pavilion will form part of a broader major project to revitalise Eden’s sports and recreation precinct.
For more information, visit the Barclay Street Sportsground Revitalisation project page on the Bega Valley Shire Council’s website.