A Federal funding initiative aimed at building community infrastructure is delivering for Kinglake. Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, congratulated the Ellimatta Youth Inc on receiving $10,320 under Round Two of the Federal Government Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) for the Ellimatta Youth Centre Rejuvenation Project.
Ms McGowan established the Indi Stronger Communities Program Advisory Committee (ISCPAC) to deliver Round Two of the SCP. Community priorities guided the application process. Indi was allocated $150,000 in the Federal Budget for the SCP in 2015-16.
“This funding will allow Ellimatta Youth Inc to carry out an upgrade of this important facility,” Ms McGowan said. “A child safety review and centre audit found a number of areas in need of improvement to make the centre more comfortable.”
- Water filtration system
- Emergency lighting installation
- New doors with windows and convex mirror fitted
- CCTV camera installation and security screens fitted
- New curtains and room dividers
“The upgrade will improve the facility for young people and make the centre an even better and safer environment and space for them to hang out,” Ms McGowan said. “This will ensure programs continue to run that engage young people and also increase participation at the centre.”
Ms McGowan thanked Ellimatta Youth Inc and the local community for the contribution of $10,320 contribution towards the project, which has a total cost of $20,640.
“Congratulations to the Kinglake community for getting behind this project,” Ms McGowan said. “The open day in April that attracted 500 people helped raise money for the project. I look forward to visiting the Ellimatta Youth Centre, meeting young people who use the centre and seeing how this SCP funding will benefit the community.”
“Indi matters and funding continues to flow. Having an Independent member gets results,” Ms McGowan said.