Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser welcomes $65,000 in NSW Government funding for renovations to the Woolgoolga Sikh Heritage Information Centre, as a new tourist and cultural asset for the area.
Mr Fraser said the project will establish the Woolgoolga Sikh Heritage Information Centre as a museum and education centre to showcase Sikh culture and history for both locals and visitors.
“The renovation includes remodelling to display heritage items, provision of a seminar room for presentations and Punjabi lessons, electrical upgrades and new equipment for interactive displays,” Mr Fraser said.
“This project will educate Australian-born younger generation Sikhs about their heritage while supporting tourism and informing the wider community, visitors and organisations about the culture, customs and history of Sikh settlement in Australia and in the Woolgoolga area.”
The announcement comes as our Sikh community prepares to celebrate Vaisakhi on Saturday, 14 April, when festivities including a street parade will be held at Woolgoolga. The parade will gather at Centennial Oval between 12 noon and 1pm.
Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the information centre project is funded through the Clubgrants Category 3 infrastructure grants program.
“Over $50 million in Clubgrants infrastructure funding is being provided in the current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency preparedness, and arts and culture,” Mr Toole said.
“These grants are funded through a rebate on the state’s registered clubs’ gaming machines to reinvest profits back into community projects.”
Mr Toole said the NSW Government is pleased to provide this funding which is delivering modern facilities so local communities across NSW can enjoy a wider range of cultural experiences.
“We improved the program in 2017 by giving community organisations more chances to apply for a wider range of projects,” Mr Toole said.
“New funding ranges are encouraging more diverse projects, and a streamlined application process is cutting red tape and allowing for faster assessment.”