EIGHTEEN inner west community groups have shared in $330,000 in grants as part of this years Summer Hill Community Building Partnership program.

Jo Haylen MP, Member for Summer Hill, announced the recipients this week, congratulating the successful groups and thanking the thousands of local residents who took part in her community grants survey.

2018 was a particularly competitive year, with over 40 groups in the inner west applying. Each NSW State electorate is allocated $330,000 in funding.

Reverse Garbage in Marrickville received the largest single grant, with $35,000 going towards funding an education vehicle to increase lessons in schools around waste reduction and re-use. Other projects include repairing a public pathway through the grounds of St John’s Church in Ashfield, repairing the floor of the Greek Theatre in the Addison Road Community Centre and installing solar panels at Petersham Public School.

The full list of successful groups is:





Marrickville Public School P & C Assoc.

School Hall Audio Visual Overhaul


St John’s Preschool, Ashfield

Public Paths and Roadways for Community Access


Dulwich Hill Public School P & C Assoc.

Outdoor Learning Area


Marrickville High School P & C Assoc.

Community Garden: Indigenous and Sensory Garden


Friends of Arc Association St Joan of Haberfield

Final Stage 3 of Playground Refurbishment and Improvement


Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design P & C Assoc.

The Learning Centre - Transforming the Library for 21st Century Learning


Ashbury Public School P & C Assoc.

Outdoor Table Tennis and Public Art Space


Wilkins Public School P & C Assoc.

Upgrade Audio Equipment in School Hall


Ashfield Public School P & C Assoc.

Outdoor Learning Area Rejuvenation for Wangal Playground and Kindergarten Courtyard


Reverse Garbage Co-operative Ltd.

Dedicated Education Vehicle to Drive Sustainable Education Further


Leichhardt Community Transport Group Inc.

Increasing Community Transport in the Inner West – Reducing Environmental Impact


NSW Federation of Community Language Schools Inc.

Inner West Multicultural Community Hub Equipment Project


Petersham Public School P & C Assoc.

Petersham Public School - Solar Panels and Interpretive Student Learning Area


Greek Cultural Association Inc.

Repairs and Upgrades to 'The Greek Theatre' New Floor


Ashfield Bowling Club Ltd.

Placement of Energy Saving Items including Solar Panels


St David's Uniting Church Haberfield

Improve Sound Proofing of St Davids Hall


Parish of St Nicholas Marrickville

Diaspora's Voice


Polish Folkloric Ensemble Syrenka

Refurbishment and Replacement of Costumes



Quotes attributable to Jo Haylen MP, Member for Summer Hill

“Community groups and volunteers are the backbone of the inner west community. This is just one small way in which I am proud to support them in their important work.

“Community groups achieve the unimaginable on the smell of an oily rag. These grants will really put fuel in their tank and I can’t wait to see what they achieve.


Quotes attributable to Naomi Brennan, CEO of Reverse Garbage

"This will allow Reverse Garbage, an inner west environmental reuse institution, to grow our education service, which reached 16,000 participants last financial year.

"We could not be more delighted."