Sixteen community projects have been approved to receive just over $1.25m of Royalties for Regions funding in the electorate of Central Wheatbelt.
Local Member Mia Davies MLA said the Wheatbelt Development Commission’s Regional Grants Scheme and Community Chest Fund provided one-off grants to community, public and not for profit organisations to improve and develop infrastructure and services in the region.
“It means that smaller projects that are important to a town, or a local community group, have the opportunity to leverage Royalties for Regions funds to get their project up and running,” she said.
“This round was very competitive and the projects are a real mix from Shire’s and grassroots groups that would have found it difficult to get their project off the ground without Royalties for Regions.”
Regional Grant Scheme (up to $300,000)
· Shire of Kondinin ($185,000)
Alterations and additions to the Kondinin Community Recreation Centre to increase the capacity and improve the functionality of the facility.
· Shire of Narembeen ($250,000)
Development of a purpose built Emergency Services building, co-locating the Narembeen Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade and St John Ambulance.
· National Trust of Western Australia ($200,000)
Upgrading of six existing houses at the State heritage listed Avondale Farm
· Shire of Kellerberrin ($100,000)
Upgrading of the current facilities at the Kellerberrin Speedway
· Northam Districts Motor Cycle Club ($93,581.12)
Construction and fit out of a Clubhouse facility to include a basic kitchen, male, female and disabled ablutions and a First Aid Room.
· Avon Valley Motor Museum Association ($200,000)
Acquisition of land and buildings for the York Motor Museum.
Community Chest Fund (up to $50,000)
· Brookton Old Time Motor Show ($10,000)
Equipment hire, entertainment expenses, administration and insurance, printing and promotion, security and permits and cleaning – all as part of hosting the 2018 Brookton Old Time Motor Show to be held 24 March 2018.
- Wongan Community Care Inc. ($10,000)
Provision of a fully insulated shed to protect and preserve the high quality, brand new therapy resources and equipment.
- St John Ambulance Bruce Rock ($30,000)
Fit-out of extension to the current St John Ambulance building in Bruce Rock.
- St John Ambulance Wyalkatchem ($50,000)
Extension of the ambulance garage in Koorda.
- Shire of Bruce Rock ($22,000)
Installation of a mixed age children’s playground and soft fall ground cover at the caravan park.
- Shire of York ($10,000)
Provision of entertainment, marketing and equipment hire as part of the 2018 York Motorcycle Festival.
- Shire of Beverley ($27,834)
Interpretation panels, scale model of a Vampire jet and a short film as part of the Flying through History project.
- Shire of Merredin ($25,000)
Installation of Program Variable Speed Drives for the Merredin town reticulation scheme and the Merredin Olympic Pool to enable operational efficiencies to increase the potential of water re-use projects in Merredin.
- Shire of Yilgarn ($25,000)
Installation of free, accessible outdoor gymnasium equipment at the Southern Cross Recreation Precinct.
- Artists’ Revolution ($15,600)
Provision of marketing, materials, office equipment and workshop expenses for a Community Art Space and Projects in Northam.
Member for the Agricultural Regional Hon Martin Aldridge MLC said there was no guarantee the highly popular grants scheme would continue if there was a change of Government after the State election.
“The Labor Party are saying they’ll spend it on government infrastructure that should be funded out of consolidated revenue,” he said.
“I’d suggest you’d be saying goodbye to small project funding rounds like this in the country if The Nationals aren’t in Government overseeing Royalties for Regions.”
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