It was a Merry Christmas for the Tamworth Tech Shed members when the not-for-profit marker-space took away the final #GreaterNewEngland funding round for 2019.
Tamworth Tech Shed provides a safe and supportive work and training space for people of all ages who have an interest in technologies such as computers, robotics, coding, electronics and CNC manufacturing.
The community workshop based at Currabubula provides its current membership base of 34 with access to computer-controlled manufacturing equipment. More importantly, though, it provides a meeting place for people with common interests to share and discuss knowledge and ideas.
Tamworth Tech Shed founder and organiser, Trevor Bradberry, said the $3000 win from the December community vote will help the group bring to life their plans for the development and construction of plastics shredder to recycle and repurpose disposable plastic items.
“The members came up with the idea to build the plastics shredder as a group project. We have drawings and the next step will be to purchase the parts to make our plan a reality,” Trevor said.
Trevor established Tamworth Tech Shed in February this year and has seen first-hand the benefits the collective has provided for all member involved.
“Tamworth Tech Shed brings people together and provides shared experiences in a field we are all enthusiastic about. It’s why we do it.
“All of us at some stage would sit at home, generally alone, and tinker on projects. This allows members to get together, share knowledge, and build relationships.
“We can’t thank Greater Bank enough for this opportunity. The $3000 funding means an enormous amount for our small group.”
Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Jennifer Smith, is excited to see the funding program continue to provide unique groups, such as Tamworth The Shed, with much needed financial support.
“Right throughout 2019, we have seen how the #GreaterNewEngland funding can have such a positive impact on its winners. What delights me about this group is that they are not only bringing to life a project that will help the environment, but they are doing it in a forum that provides wonderful support and fantastic social benefits for its members.” | Jennifer Smith, Greater Bank Regional Manager.
Both runners-up for the December round, Pandas Baseball Club Tamworth and Gunnedah & District Soccer Association will also each receive a $1,000 grant.
The #GreaterNewEngland program continues in 2020. Voting on the January round opens on 6 January and will close on 29 January. Vying for their share in $5,000 will be Gunnedah Rugby Club, Curlewis CWA and Tamworth Roosters AFL North West Club
To submit your vote, either go online to greater.com.au/greaternewengland or visit any Greater Bank branch. Collectively the effort you make to vote will mean a lot to the winning organisation in terms of the programs and services they are able to offer the community.
Greater Bank is also calling for nominations for future funding rounds. Community groups can do so by visiting greater.com.au/greaternewengland and telling us in 100 words or less how the organisation is helping to improve the lives of locals.