Rural Economic Development Zone initiative
Bunclody Town Team, in conjuction with Wexford County Council and Carlow County Council recently held an Awards Night in Bunclody where they presented certificates to 16 local Community Groups who were recipients of community grants under the government-funded Rural Economic Development Zone initiative (REDZ)
Grants totalling almost €20,000 were awarded to 16 Bunclody based community groups, including Bunclody Tidy Towns Association, Bunclody Day Care Services, Bunclody Swimming Pool and FDYS. Local sporting organisations, including Bunclody GAA and Bunclody Soccer Club also received funding, as well as a number of residents associations from the local area.
The awards night was the culmination of a joint initiative of Wexford County Council, Carlow County Council and local community groups, business interests and other State bodies from the Bunclody area who recently joined forces to develop a number of local initiatives including community leadership, enterprise support, festival development and tourism. The initiative led to the establishment of the Bunclody Town Team, the organisation that is now responsible for managing the REDZ project in Bunclody and which includes representation from many organisations and businesses from the local area.
Invaluable contribution to the local community
Speaking at the event, Chairperson of the Bunclody Town Team, Councillor Barbara-Anne Murphy congratulated all the groups present on their invaluable contributions, individually and collectively, to the local community. Councillor Murphy also outlined future proposals from the very active Bunclody Town Team, including the provision of additional training and grant funding for local businesses, additional tourism supports and further town enhancement works. She also outlined plans for a local Festival in July 2017.
Councillor Kathleen Codd-Nolan also congratulated the groups present and thanked those involved for their diligence and hard work in making the REDZ project such an outstanding success. Councillor Charlie Murphy from Carlow County Council, who also attended the event, described the provision of grants to community groups as one of the best ways to spend public funds, saying the initial investment is matched many times over in local support and goodwill, while the cumulative benefits to the local community are immense.
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Notes for Editor:
The REDZ initiative is part of the Government’s programme for Rural Development and it’s purpose is to stimulate economic activity and improve living standards in rural areas. Under the 2016 REDZ scheme, just over €5.3 million was approved for 41 projects nationwide. Bunclody was awarded €100,000 from the Scheme, while Wexford County Council is providing an additional €25,000 in matching funding.