Local health facilities can expect further improvements in the coming months after Gunnedah PRAMS was named March winner of Greater Bank’s #GreaterNewEngland community program.
Launched in September 2016, the program offers community groups throughout Gunnedah, Tamworth, Armidale and surrounding areas the chance to share in a monthly $5000 grant provided by Greater Bank.
Over the past 18 months, 57 community groups have now benefited from $95,000 in funding.
Gunnedah PRAMS was up against two other organisations for the $3,000 share of the grant, which was decided by a public vote. The two runners up, Goolhi Country Women’s Association and Armidale City Wasps Hockey Club, each received $1,000.
Gunnedah PRAMS is a not-for-profit volunteer based organisation working to improve local health facilities. With support from the community, they have already invested more than $700,000 into the Gunnedah Hospital. These funds have helped cover the costs of a “renovation rescue” for the maternity ward, a garden overhaul to make the grounds more presentable and the purchase of crucial medical equipment.
Greater Bank’s Gunnedah Branch Manager, Jacqui Bull, said that it was heartening to see two local community groups benefit from the program which facilitates public involvement.
“Gunnedah PRAMS is a group of dedicated individuals who make the work involved in supporting our local hospital a fun and social experience. It’s great to see our community get behind them so they can continue to improve the health facilities available to the benefit of us all,” Ms Bull said.
“Having another local group, Goolhi Country Women’s Association, take out a share in the latest round is a great accomplishment for Gunnedah and I hope this is the first of many successful rounds to come for our community.”
This month, two more Gunnedah-based groups have been nominated for funding. The Gunnedah and District Pony Club and the Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Poetry Society will be subject to public vote, along with Tamworth’s 310Sqn Australian Air Force Cadets.
Members of the public can go online – greater.com.au/greaternewengland – to vote for organisation they would like to win the $3000.
To nominate a community group, go to greater.com.au/greaternewengland. Nominations can also be made via social media using the hashtag #GreaterNewEngland, telling us in 100 words or less how the organisation is helping to improve lives of locals.