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Wheatbelt scores strong with Stronger Communities

Federal Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price is delighted to announce the successful Wheatbelt recipients of the Stronger Communities Program Round 4.

“The Stronger Communities Program is a wonderful initiative for community organisations that have a project which could benefit from funding,” Ms Price said.

“I’m delighted to announce that 14 organisations in my electorate of Durack have been successful with funding towards completing a variety of projects with a tourism focus, including seven in the Wheatbelt.

“These projects will increase tourism and will add economic benefit to the towns that have received the funding.”

  • Shire of Bruce Rock - $3,405 for design and construction of new tourism signage using the new community brand as well as preserving the history of the town.
  • Shire of Merredin - $7,250 for the resurrection the clock at the old Town Hall: engagement of a professional clockmaker to set up an automated system.
  • Shire of Quairading - $10,000 to upgrade traffic signage along the main street to direct tourists to key locations.
  • Shire of Tammin - $12,800 for the installation of a RV dump point, signage and service to the area, increasing the flow of visitors and increasing local business support.
  • Shire of Westonia - $12,500 for the conversion of an onsite building into a caretaker’s office at Westonia Caravan Park, removing the unsuitable situation of people checking in and out at a caretaker’s personal caravan.
  • Shire of Wongan-Ballidu - $9,050 for installation of two Go2Zone water filter/chiller units as further amenities to encourage tourists to stay longer and add to the economy of the town.
  • Shire of Yilgarn - $8,777 - creation of a family-friendly park with shade and a toddler-friendly playground and unisex toilet for tourists and locals.

About the Stronger Communities Grants Program:

The Stronger Communities Grants Program will deliver $150,000 to fund small capital projects in the electorate of Durack over the 2018/2019 financial year.

Eligible applicants can apply for funding of at least $2,500 and up to a maximum of $20,000. Applicants must be able to demonstrate matched funding for the project, in cash or in-kind.

The co-funding grants will be available for capital expenditure on projects that deliver social benefits and improve community participation and cohesion.

The next round of the Stronger Communities Program will open in coming months.

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