This year’s Waterloo Wind Farm Community Grants recipients are all varied, unique and diverse.
Out of $30,000, 10 projects from the Mid North will be assisted by the program.
One of this year’s recipients, the Burra Regional Art Gallery, will use funds to help reduce power bills as part of their Greening Project.
Supporting this program involves installing LED lighting throughout two floors at its venue situated within the old Telegraph and Post Office building used for artists to present their work in group and solo exhibitions.
The reduction in electricity costs will enable the volunteer-run gallery to extend operating hours Tuesday to Sunday from three to six hours and encourage more people to visit and support the work of artists residing in the region.
Another of this year’s recipients, Lions Club of Clare District will install three interpretive signs at the Gleeson Wetlands.
Since 2014, members of the Lions Club of Clare District Green Team have worked together with Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council and local contractors to develop the natural beauty of the Gleeson Wetlands.
This includes planting more than 4,000 native seedlings, spot spraying, and spreading mulch for weed control.
One sign will give a description of the fauna, another will describe the flora, and a third sign will provide a brief overview of the area’s history.
The Wetlands are popular with locals and visitors whether they are a bird or plant enthusiast or looking for a pleasant outing.
Among the other recipients in the Waterloo Wind Farm Community Grants program in 2017 include Burra Districts Open Gardens Committee, Burra Golf Club, Marrabel Community Association, Mortlock Park Mintaro, Riesling Trail, Riverton Community Hall, RSMU Netball Club, and Saddleworth Bowling Club.
The Waterloo Wind Farm Community Grants program awards projects and initiatives based on their benefit to the mid north region in three key areas: community pride; the environment; and supporting the local economy.
The Mid North Community Liaison Group assessed all applications and decided how the grants were allocated based on their strong understanding of local residents’ opinions, priorities and expectations.