Drought funding success for Wakefield communities

Wakefield Regional Council (WRC) has been successful in receiving grant funding for three of the five projects applied for under the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program.

Falling under three key initiatives, 14 community projects across the WRC region have secured the funding under categories of Sustainable Region, Community Wellbeing and Road Access Improvements for Farm Machinery and Heavy Vehicles.

WRC mayor, Rodney Reid, said council was determined to see the benefits from the funding spread across the whole region.

“Through the community wellbeing project, council is looking to fast track projects that have been long held desires of local clubs and groups,” Mayor Reid said.

“The boost of funding will also go towards tourism opportunities in Lochiel, and to renewing clubrooms and facilities, with the hope of attracting more participation for local clubs and groups.”

Mayor Reid said the sustainability project seeks to alleviate long term costs for clubs through the installation of solar and other energy saving initiative.

“Besides those energy saving projects, there are those for the set up costs associated with water catchment and irrigation for green spaces,” he said.

“This will then free up funding for other club projects.”

The outcome of the final projects is expected within the next couple of weeks and council is confident in the applications it has forwarded.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what great things come out of these projects,” Mayor Reid said.

Mayor Reid said council would let the community know as soon as possible about the progress of these projects and the other applications still being assessed under the government program.


Projects to have received funding thus far:

• Road Access Improvements for Farm Machinery and Heavy Vehicles

Sustainable Region

– Balaklava Swimming Pool, solar system

– Hamley Bridge Swimming Pool, solar system

– Owen Swimming Pool, solar system

– Blyth dam upgrade and Blyth oval sub-surface irrigation

– Brinkworth Oval, irrigation

– Balaklava Golf Club, solar system

– Balaklava Town Hall, solar system and LED lighting

– Brinkworth Hall, solar system

Community Wellbeing (to foster development in sporting clubs and tourism)

– Port Wakefield Bowling Club – water tanks and/or shades

– Lake Bumbunga, tourist facilities

– Lions Club Balaklava railyard turntable

– Hummocks Watchman Eagles Football Club, new amenity block at Port Wakefield Oval

– Snowtown Community Gym for town hall


• Pictured: Balaklava Swimming Pool president, Les Pearson, and Balaklava Golf Club president, Peter Friedrichs, were both very pleased to learn their grant funding had been successful. PHOTO: Ethan Allen