Nineteen community groups in Grey have been awarded funding under Round 8 of the Stronger Communities Program (SCP).
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey congratulated the successful applicants who will undertake a wide-range of projects to improve their local communities.
“This has been a fantastic program for small community volunteer organisations,” he said. “It has provided assistance to upgrade museums, undertake roof repairs to public buildings, purchase equipment for sporting groups, build or upgrage playgrounds, replace furniture and install disabled access to public facilities.
“These are projects community organisations simply could not afford without extra assistance and it’s why I am so disappointed the Labor Government has axed this and a number of other regional funding streams since coming to power.
“While they have announced a replacement for the Building Better Regions Fund, one that has delivered more than $50m to Grey, we are unlikely to see anything much flow from the new platform for another twelve months yet. That will represent a three year period since the last of the grants from the previous government were announced.
“The SCP has been a great help providing grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 to community organisations and local governments over eight rounds.
“Axing it saves the Government peanuts, but is a real loss to our small community organisations. I already have a list of those looking for assistance I had intended to direct to the next round.
“To the nineteen successful orgnsiations this round, congratulations. To those who applied and were unsuccessful, I’m sorry, I wish I could say better luck next time.”
Successful projects across Grey included-
Hardwicke Bay Progress Association – $14,000 – Interior of hall refurbishment
Maitland Golf Club – $7000 – Clubhouse refurbishment
Kadina A H & F (Kadina Show) – relocation of shed – $6000
Wallaroo Coronation Croquet Club – Shade shelters and mallets $2500
Adelaide Plains Kennel and Obedience Club – $15,000 – kitchen completion
Yeelanna Memorial Association – Re Roof Yeelanna Museum $10,000
Lower EP Coastcare Association – $3,700 – securing future water supply for tree nursery
Tulka Progress Association – 2 x Rainwater tanks and pump for Fire safety $15,000
Wudinna and District Bowling Club – LED lights for green $10,000
Iron Knob Golf Club – Sand for golf course scrapes $2500
Whyalla Road Safety Centre Inc – Refurbishing exterior walls of main building $4500
Whyalla CFS – $7000 – Set up area for Breathing Apparatus
Quorn Business Group – Projector and speaker system – $7605
Laura Memorial Civic Centre – Kitchen painting – $2500Eyre Arts – Pottery Kiln – $15895
Port Pirie RSL – Carpet replacement $7800
Burra Bowling Club – Carpet for clubrooms $8000
Port Augusta RSL – chairs for outdoor entertainment area $5000
Peterborough Youth and Community Centre – $6000 – Court upgrade
Media contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 0417827523
June 26 2023