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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


One project is completed, and another begins for Bathurst City Colts Cricket Club.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole caught up with members of the club to see the new perimeter fence that has been constructed.

Mr Toole didn’t come empty handed though, he presented the club with a NSW Government Community Building Partnership grant of $11,040 to construct a storage shed for the club’s gear.

The grant will fund the purchase of new wicket covers, a trolley to transport the covers and contribute to the building a shed to store the club’s equipment securing away from weather and vandalism.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said Community Building Partnership grants such as this for the City Colts are all about helping local organisations with projects that will better the community.

“They are aimed at initiatives that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes while also promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion,” Mr Toole said.

“City Colts area fantastic community sports group that gather every weekend in season to enjoy a game of the much-loved sport.

“City Colts Cricket Club grounds are managed by volunteers who are responsible for the excellent upkeep and preparation of the ground.”

President of the Bathurst City Colts Cricket Club Brad Molenkamp said the funding was great news.

“The club is growing in numbers, and we pride ourselves on having very well kept grounds,” he said.

“The new equipment and shed will assist us in protecting the pitch that our volunteers spend hours manicuring.”

This is not the first time Bathurst City Colts have been successful in receiving funding from the NSW Government.

A previous NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund grant of $80,867 allowed the club to install a white picket boundary fence around its home ground at Loco Oval.

Plus, a previous Community Building Partnership grant of $5000 for the purchase of a new mower.

The Community Building Partnership program has funded more than 18,000 community projects since it commenced in 2009. Applications for the 2023 Program open in May 2023.

“I congratulate all the organisations that were successful in their application and look forward to seeing how these projects make a real difference for community groups in the area.”

For more information about the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program,


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