Forty community groups across the electorate of Central Wheatbelt are set to benefit from grants awarded under the latest round of Mia’s Local Hero Grants.
Local Member Hon Mia Davies MLA set up the grant scheme in 2020 to help support local community groups based across her electorate, and this is the fourth round of the program.
“Our team designed the program to target local community groups with small but meaningful grants that assist them run events, pay for equipment, buy supplies or host visitors to the region to coach or speak at forums,” Ms Davies said.
“These groups support and enrich our local communities and the grant is my way of saying thank you for that work.
“The Local Hero Grants program has provided grants of $250 per applicant in this round, and we received some really wonderful submissions.”
Ms Davies said successful applicants in this round included the Better Bencubbin Progress Association, Koorda Primary School P&C, Lake Yealering Progress Association, Pingelly Tourism Group and Popanyinning Progress Association.
“I’m looking forward to visiting with some of these organisations as I travel around the electorate, they are doing some fantastic work,” she said.
“Projects like the new community garden space in Brookton is encouraging people to join up and get involved, attracting gardeners of all ages, and sharing skills and connecting community.
“The Kellerberrin Riding and Pony Club are constructing a new gate for the grounds to meet their insurance obligations and make it easier for members and guests to access the facility.”
Ms Davies said each applicant was doing something to connect, nurture and support a strong community in the Wheatbelt.
“There will be additional rounds announced later in the year, so if you missed this round, I’d encourage you to apply when we re-open another down the track,” she said.