The first Parliamentary sitting week for 2019 held this week officially signalled the new year of work ahead of us, and I remain focussed on my priorities: to improve health services and roads across the electorate, support farmers and primary industry, cut red tape, and lower costs of living for us all.
Well done to all who provided written submissions to the Select Committee Inquiry re the Fire and Emergency Services Amendment Bill and presented oral presentations at the public hearing in Balaklava on 7 February. The recommendations of the committee are due to be presented to Parliament on 19 March.
The Community Information session on the $90 million Port Wakefield Overpass Project held last week in Port Wakefield was also valuable, providing a welcome opportunity for locals directly impacted by the project to have input into the design phase and talk with representatives from the Department of Transport & Infrastructure who were in attendance.
I was pleased Port Parham Action Group in Dublin recently received a 2018 Community Sustainability grant for their foreshore and flora preservation project, and that Copper Coast Council received funding support from the latest round of the National Disaster Resilience Program to help address the significant sand drift issue at North Beach.
Well done, too, to successful local sports clubs in Round 46 of the Activity Club program: Lochiel Tennis Club, Port Vincent Bowling Club, Yorke Valley Amateur Basketball Association and Yorke’s Junior Surf Club.
Round 47 of the Active Club Grants scheme (Programs and Equipment) opened on 13 February and will close on 17 April, as did the 2019-20 Community Recreation and Sports Facilities Program (CRSFP). The CRSFP program offers minor facility grants between $25,000 - $200,000 and major facility grants from $200,000 - $1 million. For information on both funding streams offered via the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing visit: http://ors.sa.gov.au/funding/apply_for_funding/
Visit www.fraserellis.com.au for information on all current grant opportunities – including Heritage Grants which are open until 15 March; the Regional Events and Festivals program (to 15 March); and Round 2 of the SA Health Towns Challenge for regional and rural towns (to 15 April). Of the latter, congratulations to the six successful applicants in round 1, among them Wakefield Regional Council for its “Lettuce Grow – Balaklava Community Garden Project”.
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