Sharon Bird today visited the Green Connect community farm to announce funding of $10,000 to upgrade facilities at the farm under the Stronger Communities Programme – Round 3.

The social enterprise farm helps to support jobs and employment pathways, particularly for former refugees and young people as well as growing fair food and engaging in the local community.

Last financial year Green Connect:

  • Grew and distributed 13,754 kilograms of local, seasonal, chemical free food
  • Created jobs and employment pathways for 114 former refugees and young people
  • Had 1,469 volunteer visits from the broader community

Sharon Bird said that these grants would make a big difference for the 10 local sporting and community groups. 

“These local community groups are run by loyal volunteers who devote time to their local clubs and organisations to provide many different services to our area.  They often struggle to raise funds to keep facilities up to standard and available to the community.

“Funding for small projects such as refurbishment of halls and kitchens can make a huge difference for community groups and help them to provide better services.

“It is an absolute pleasure to be here with Emmanuel today to see the difference a new access point to the farm will make.  This will help to encourage more people to engage with the farm and better connect people and their community.

More information on the Stronger Communities Programme can be found here.

List of community groups and project details.

Community Group



Corrimal Rugby League Football Club (Corrimal Cougars)


Robert Ziems Park drainage and water systems upgrade.

Hope Health 2508 (Helensburgh Men’s Shed)


Installation of shipping container for a metal working shop.

Bulli PCYC – Project 1


Installation of lighting around external area of club and in gymnastic, boxing and martial arts area.

Bulli PCYC – Project 2


Installation of a balustrade to bring to current standards.

Unanderra Hearts Soccer Club


Replacement of canteen kitchen cupboards and wall splash backs.

Bulli Junior Soccer Club


Drainage works to the top field to prevent closures during light rain.

Tender Funerals (Our Community Project)


To build an accessible entrance to funeral services.

Bellambi Public School P&C


Upgrade of community room.

Austinmer Surf Life Saving Club


Refurbishment of club house kitchen.

Stanwell Park CWA


Refurbishment of the Stanwell Park CWA hall.

Green Connect (Our Community Project)


Upgrade to community farm.