Progress Association lands cash for local projects

22nd Feb 2023

The Guyra & Community Progress Association has snared a $157,765 cash-splash to bring more life and activity to the community, with a range of new arts projects and initiatives to be undertaken.
The grant, which was secured under the Stronger Country Communities Fund, will help make Guyra vibrant by installing murals depicting the town’s heritage, installing stone wall features in Guyra’s four main entrances and lighting trees in the CBD.
Announcing the grant last week, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said that it is a wonderful funding win for the small and active Guyra Progress Association and the broader community.
“These new arts murals, features and signage will add to the liveability and community provide at Guyra,” Mr Marshall said.
“Congratulations to the Guyra & Community Progress Association for attempting to lift the community’s spirit by instilling a sense of connection and belonging through these initiatives.”
Guyra & Community Progress Association President Donna Davidson said she was so proud of what the small group of active community members had been able to achieve for Guyra, a place they loved to live.
“The Guyra & Community Progress Association was started less than a year ago when a group of active community members came together to discuss what we could do to bring life back to Guyra after the past few years of hardship including drought, bushfires, mouse plague and the COVID pandemic,” Mrs Davidson said.
“We wanted to make our town vibrant for our community to be proud of especially after witnessing the happiness brought by so many locals when the unveiling of the beautiful murals of Guyra’s iconic Mother of Ducks Lagoon by local artists Kay Smith and the late Brian Irving.
“The projects will enhance our town and community and attract tourism, and from this, we hope to build on many more projects.
“I acknowledge Lady Bug Projects, Guyra CWA Evening Branch, Aboriginal Lands Council, Adam Marshall and Armidale Regional Council for their support.”