Fourteen community projects under three key initiatives across the Wakefield region have secured Federal funding after Council successfully applied for grants under the Drought Communities Programme.
The successful grants were announced this week by the Minister’s office.
So far, Wakefield Regional Council has been successful in receiving funding for three of the five projects it applied for – which comprise between them 14 exciting community projects and activities.
The projects that have received funding are:
Road Access Improvements for Farm Machinery and Heavy Vehicles
- Balaklava Swimming Pool, solar system
- Hamley Bridge Swimming Pool, solar system
- Owen Swimming Pool, solar system
- Blyth dam upgrade and Blyth oval sub-surface irrigation
- Brinkworth Oval, irrigation
- Balaklava Golf Club, solar system
- Balaklava Town Hall, solar system and LED lighting
- Brinkworth Hall, solar system
Community Wellbeing (to foster development in sporting clubs and tourism)
- Port Wakefield Bowling Club - water tanks and/or shades
- Lake Bumbunga, tourist facilities
- Lions Club Balaklava railyard turntable
- Hummocks Watchman Eagles Football Club, new amenity block at Port Wakefield Oval
- Snowtown Community Gym for town hall
WRC Mayor Rodney Reid said Council was keen to focus on supporting projects that are people-focused, contribute to uplifting community spirits, create jobs and ideally have no negative effect on future Council budgets.
They also had to meet the grant criteria such as:
- Provide employment for people whose work opportunities have been impacted by drought
- Stimulate local community spending
- Use local resources, businesses and suppliers
Mayor Reid said Council was determined to see the benefits from the funding spread across the whole region.
“Through the community wellbeing project, Council is looking to fast track projects that have been long held desires of local clubs and groups.
“The boost of funding will also go towards tourism opportunities in Lochiel and to renewing clubrooms and facilities, with the hope of attracting more participation for local clubs and groups.
“The sustainability project seeks to alleviate long term costs for clubs through the installation of solar and other energy saving initiatives, as well as the ‘set up costs’ associated with water catchment and irrigation for green spaces. This will free up funding for other club projects.
The outcome of the final projects is expected within the next couple of weeks and Council is confident in the applications it has put forward.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what great things come out of these projects. We will let the community know as soon as we can about the progress on our other application and all of the projects.”