Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he is pleased the Australian Government is continuing to back drought-affected communities in Grey.
Two projects in the electorate will be sharing in over $1.1 million in federal funding under the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s Tackling Tough Times Together program.
Mr Ramsey said the Government was pleased to support the Foundation’s crucial work of stimulating regional economies while strengthening social connections in drought-affected communities.
“The Tackling Tough Times Together program has a range of benefits, including keeping money flowing through shops and suppliers and creating jobs for communities that have been disadvantaged by drought,” he said.
“In Grey the Farina Restoration Group will receive $51,672 under this round.
“Farina is fascinating window into South Australia’s inland history and while the town no longer inhabited, a small and dedicated group of volunteers are restoring buildings to reflect its past and to ensure that it retains the social history of this iconic town.
“This project will enable these volunteers to install a solar system which will increase the capacity and sustainability for the volunteer-run tourist attraction.
“The other successful proponent in Grey is the William Creek Gymkhana Committee who have received $18,090 to run a horsemanship clinic and get-together for kids and the wider community.
“These types of events are very good at reducing social isolation and provide opportunity for social and educational participation.
“The Government is proud to continue supporting the Foundation’s important work at such a critical time, backing local groups and their projects that will stimulate regional economies and strengthen social connections in drought-affected communities.
“With money already flowing through rolling grants as part of our more than $8 billion drought support package, we are doing what it takes to help regional communities through these extremely difficult and stressful times.
“I encourage all eligible community groups to apply for the ongoing funding available under the Tackling Tough Times Together program to make their much-needed initiatives a reality.”
More information on the Tackling Tough Times Together program and the latest round of recipients can be found on the Foundation’s website at www.frrr.org.au/grants/TTTT or by visiting the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website at www.regional.gov.au/regional/programs.
Media Contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08 86331744 August 25, 2020