The Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, today announced a grant of $11,344 for the Currububula Pony Club under Round 3 of the Stronger Communities Programme.
Mr Joyce said the grant will allow the club to go ahead with repairs and replacement of an existing damaged kitchen at the Currububula Recreation Reserve complex.
“The grant will provide 50 per cent of the costs for the club to ensure the kitchen amenities will be upgraded to meet community expectations and provide a facility that will directly benefit the whole community.
“This is great news for the pony club and their members, but the benefits will also extend to visitors, sporting organisations and community members that use the Currububula Recreation Reserve, returning the current space into a working kitchen for everyone to use.
“I congratulate the Currububula Pony Club for recognising the need for this space not only for their club but also for the wider community and look forward to seeing the work completed soon.”
The Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) provides grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 to community organisations and local governments for capital projects.
The input of the community is a key element of the SCP. Projects are selected by Members of Parliament and their community consultation committees, and are then submitted to the Government for assessment.
Rounds one and two of the SCP funded a wide variety of projects across Australia, including men’s sheds and associated equipment, scoreboards, computers, upgrades to community halls and clubhouses, equipment for both aged care and day care facilities, art works, inflatable rescue boats and disaster recovery generators.
In the 2017 Budget the Australian Government committed $22.5 million for a third round of the Stronger Communities Programme.
Funding of up to $150,000 in each Federal Electorate will be available in 2017-18. Applicants are required to match the SCP grant in cash or in-kind on at least a dollar for dollar basis.
For more information on the Stronger Communities Programme, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/scp/