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Residents of Boweya will enjoy upgraded facilities for activities and events, thanks to community action and a Commonwealth grant of $18,125, says Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan.
The project, which will cost $36,250 in total, has received the grant from the Stronger Communities Programme. Benalla Rural City Council has provided $5000, and the Boweya Community Centre Inc Group has made in-kind contributions.
“Congratulations to the Boweya community which has worked with Council to identify the need for upgraded facilities, developed plans and raised funds to make it happen,” Ms McGowan said.
The Boweya Community Centre is an important hub that supports a range of activities including the CFA and Landcare. The project will increase local community participation and strengthen community connections by providing a meeting space to support a broad range of community activities, events and as an emergency management staging area.
“The upgrade of the Centre will enable the facility to be functional and accessible to a diverse range of community members and groups ensuring that it is inclusive, safe and accessible for all,” Ms McGowan said.
The works include construction and installation of an accessibility ramp, upgrade to electrical fittings and lights, interior and exterior painting of the building including doors and windows, roof works, repairs to utility equipment, and energy efficiency measures.
President of the Boweya Community Group Noel James said the project has been in development for around four years.
“The upgrade means a whole new perspective for the community,” Mr James said.
“This will really bolster the community. We are looking forward to work starting in early 2018.”
Mayor of Benalla Rural City Cr Don Firth said: "We congratulate the community of Boweya on receiving Federal Government funding towards the upgrade. The community has worked very hard to raise funds to improve this asset and it is good recognition of the benefit this work will bring and of the hard work of a number of people."
Further funding for community projects is available through the Commonwealth’s Building Better Regions Fund community stream. Projects under $20,000 do not require matching funding. Information on BBRF here
Wodonga’s families will benefit from additional shade in the Bernie Cox Reserve playground in time for summer, says Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan.
The Bernie Cox Reserve Shade Project, worth $15,000, will be delivered thanks to the community’s work with Wodonga City Council and a $6,876 grant from round three of the Commonwealth Stronger Communities Program.
“Congratulations to the local community who have worked actively with Council to get the project done in time for the worst of the summer heat,” Ms McGowan said.
Sail shades will be installed over the play area of the Bernie Cox Reserve playground on Clarendon Avenue in the city’s south, making it possible for the space to be used throughout the day.
“This is a great initiative to make a family friendly space even safer, encouraging social participation,” Ms McGowan said.
Wodonga’s Mayor Cr Anna Speedie said: “We appreciate the support and do everything we can to keep our community safe in the hot weather.”
Ms McGowan said more funding for community projects is also available under
round two of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) Community Investment Stream.
“I encourage all groups who have a good idea to improve their local community to contact the council and find out how to apply,” Ms McGowan said.
The BBRF Community Investment Stream Provides organisations with grants of between $5,000 to $10 million to fund community activities in regional and remote communities.