More than $127,000 of grant funding has been distributed amongst fifteen community groups and non profit organisations in the last twelve months, thanks to the Sapphire Wind Farm Community Fund.
In two rounds each year, the committee distributes funds to local non-profits for the purchase of small equipment and infrastructure, renovation and rehabilitation projects, and assistance with new programs and events.
Recipient of the fund in round 2 of 2020, the 319 Squadron Australian Airforce Cadets of Inverell, used their $11,000 worth of funding to purchase hardware to build a flight simulator for the recruits.
"It will be the only simulator in the New England area and will be used by cadet squadrons in Moree, Armidale and Tamworth, " said Squadron executive officer, Warwick Bedford.
"The simulator has generated enthusiasm and great interest within the cadet community and we are greatly appreciative of the funding by Sapphire Wind Farm.
"Once we complete building the simulator, it will enhance our aviation program, which inspires our cadets to pursue a career in aviation by giving them the practical experience.
"Australian Air Force Cadets targets 12 to 18 year old boys and girls and will always provide opportunities for the cadets to grow into community minded young adults."
The seven organisations that received funding under the last round of the fund are: Swan Vale Tennis Club - clubhouse construction works - $48,418.19; Inverell Equestrian Council - construction of storage shed - $16,532 319; Squadron Australian Airforce Cadets, Inverell - hardware to build a flight simulator - $11,000; Inverell Pipe Band - upgrade band equipment, kilts and Scottish Hall - $9,042; Inverell Showjumping and Dressage Group - portable dressage arena and jump wings - $5,868; Inverell Rugby Union Club - grandstand seating upgrade - $5,274 and the Inverell Rifle Range (R67992) Reserve Land Manager - kitchen refurbishments in clubhouse - $1,685.
Applications for round 1 of the Sapphire Wind Farm Community Fund are now open and close at 4pm on Friday, 12 March 2021. More information is available on the Inverell Shire Council website.