Health and safety programs biggest winners of Sustainable Communities Fund

14 June 2012

Programs aimed at improving the health and safety of community members in the Clements  Gap area are the biggest winners of this year’s Sustainable Communities Fund.

Just some of the health and safety programs that shared in the $50,000 fund include the Port Broughton Bowling Club and Crystal Brook’s Adelaide Square playground who will install sun shades and the Mid North Positive Mental Health facility in Crystal Brook will build a user friendly foot path.

“There are some truly notable initiatives receiving funding that encourage health and safety awareness and Pacific Hydro is proud to be able to support these programs,” said Pacific Hydro’s General Manager, Australia, Mr Lane Crockett.

Mr Crockett congratulated the high level of volunteer involvement in the area. “It is really encouraging to see the quality of the programs proposed, which is indicative of the level of commitment and dedication in the community.”

“We received 26 applications and while it is unfortunate that we were not able to fund them all, we are pleased that more than half of the applications received funding,” said Mr Crockett.

Mr Crockett asked unsuccessful applicants not to be disheartened. “It is important to remember that the Fund opens every year for the operating life of the Clements Gap Wind Farm. We find the short listing process extremely difficult but most groups will receive a share of the $1 million Fund at some point.”

“We congratulate the community groups who have received funding and extend our thanks to the Barunga West and Port Pirie Councils who have assisted us in reviewing applications. Their help has been instrumental in identifying local priorities,” added Mr Crockett.

The Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund supports community activities taking place within local areas surrounding the Clements Gap Wind Farm. The Fund covers environmental, health, sporting, cultural and educational projects and is available for the life of the wind farm’s operation.