Buildings receive boost from Sustainable Communities Fund

25 June 2014

Communities are set to benefit from the restoration of landmarks in Port Broughton, Redhill, Crystal Brook and Mundoora, with community buildings receiving $17,000 of the $50,000 annual Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund.

The Redhill Country Women’s Association, Crystal Brook Golf Club, Wandearah Memorial Institute, Port Broughton RSL and Crystal Brook Bowling Club have all received funding to repair, maintain or renovate their buildings.

“As these buildings are no longer eligible for Council funding, we are pleased we’ve been able to fill this gap and support the repair of these buildings,” said executive general manager for Australia, Mr Lane Crockett. “The restoration will ensure that the community groups that use them can continue their important work.

Other projects sharing in the $50,000 pool of funding include a catering marquee for the Crystal Brook Lions Club; a storage facility to protect historic documents, photographs and artefacts about the community’s history by the Nurom/Whim Historical Group; upgrading of benches for the Broughton Mundoora Netball Club and a year-round ANZAC display at the Crystal Brook Heritage Centre.

A partnership between Mundoora Community Progress Association and Mundoora Tennis Club will see a shared town rainwater tank installed to collect water from both club rooves. The water tank will be used by community groups, residents and available as an emergency resource for firefighting.

“We are proud to be a part of communities with such commitment to sustaining their towns,” said Mr Crockett.

He asked community groups who were not successful in this round to not be disheartened and to consider applying again next year.

“The Fund Allocation Panel was faced with high calibre applications but it was not possible to fund all projects.”

All 16 successful groups will celebrate at a special presentation ceremony tomorrow [26/06/14] at the Mundoora Community Hall.  A list of this year’s successful recipients can be found here.

“We congratulate the community groups that received funding and extend our thanks to the Fund Allocation Panel members, which included community members, council representatives and some Pacific Hydro staff, for carefully considering each application and allocating the funds,” said Mr Crockett.

The Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund covers environmental, health, sporting, cultural and educational projects and will open again in March 2015.