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Groups lobby shire for drought funding

COMMUNITY groups from around the Yarriambiack Shire met to discuss key projects they wish to have founded through the latest round of drought funding, available to the shire.

The groups met at the shire offices in Warracknabeal to discuss their projects in December before the first council meeting of the year this month.

Groups from Patchewollock, Lascelles, Hopetoun, Beulah, Brim, Tempy, Rupanyup, Woomelang, Yaapeet, Minyip, Murtoa and Warracknabeal put forward key community projects.

Yarriambiack Shire Chief Executive Officer Jessie Holmes and General Manager of Community Services and Development, Gavin Blinman facilitated the meeting.

Brim’s key projects include streetscape works and landscaping the bowling green.

The streetscape would involve a walking track from the Yarriambiack Creek to the main street and is estimated to cost around $30,000.

Beulah put forward projects for funding including a hydrant and hose reel upgrade at the fire station and an upgrade of the community’s commercial mower.

Other projects put forward included procurement of land for the town’s general store which burnt down last year with the total requested to be around $116,000.

Lascelles is looking for funding to upgrade its caravan park including power upgrades, a toilet block refresh and fire equipment, with work estimated to be around $40,000.

Hopetoun is looking to renovate its power house to create new accommodation within the township. The project is estimated at around $200,000.

Minyip Progress Association put forward its long-standing project of a community owned fuel station with the total project totaling $190,000.

The community has so far gathered $89,000 to contribute but is hoping to secure the total amount to allow funding to go towards other projects.

Murtoa Progress Association is looking to secure $124,000 towards a number of projects including refurbishment of Concordia College, an upgrade of the Murtoa Swimming Pool and landscaping at Lake Marma.

Patchewollock is looking to improve the entrance to the town with projects planned for fencing around the town’s football oval and playground as well as signage for the entry.

Its projects are estimated to cost $80,000.

Rupanyup is hoping to gain assistance towards its e-Rup store fit out as the project committee aim to minimise any loans needed to secure remaining funding for the project. An application of $100,000 was made to council.

Tempy has applied for $30,000 to install shade sails and recreational ground improvements.

Warracknabeal Action Group has put forward a request for funding, for further upgrades to the Warracknabeal Leisure Centre as listed in its Community Action Plan.

Secondary projects also put forward included a pump track at Anzac Park and cabins at the Warracknabeal Caravan Park.

Woomelang is looking to secure funding to purchase land and build an op shop. The project is estimated to cost $130,000.

Yaapeet is looking to install a cabin at the recreation reserve as the town has no accommodation for travelers. Funding of $80,000 was requested towards the project.

Ms Holmes and Mr Blinman worked with group representatives to negotiate possible allocations to bring the total closer to the $1 million which has been allocated to the shire.

Ms Holmes said the projects and funding allocated will considered at the next council meeting, this month.