IN RECENT DAYS the Liberal/National Government announced an extension of the Drought Communities Program which has seen 60 councils identified as eligible for $1 million in support for local infrastructure projects and drought-relief activities.
There are six councils within the boundaries of Eden-Monaro which take up 42 thousand square kilometers of drought affected Southern NSW. None of these councils, not Queanbyan-Palerang Regional Council, Yass Valley Council, Snowy Valleys Council, Snowy-Monaro Council, Bega Valley Shire Council or Eurobodalla Shire Council received any help from the Liberal/National Government under this program.
Our councils and our community cannot understand why they have missed out.
They’re all drought declared and they all have farmers doing it tough, so the Liberals and Nationals need to front up and explain why they have turned their back on our community.
I have written an urgent letter to the Minister on this matter and I am calling on the Government to stop their infighting for just a few minutes this week and revisit this decision.
Our councils and our farmers need help, they should have been included as part of the Drought Communities Progam extension.
Eden-Monaro’s Stronger Communities Grant Program
I AM PLEASED to announce that the 2018/19 Eden-Monaro Stronger Communities Grant Program is now open and I am encouraging community groups, sporting clubs, and other non-profit organisations to apply.
Community organisations are a vital part of our community; they create unity, assist in well-being and build spirit within their local areas.
The Stronger Communities Grant Program allows community organisations to apply for funding that will assist them with infrastructure and resources to help boost their group and build much-needed facilities.
In 2017 I was able to provide financial assistance to 12 community organisations all across Eden-Monaro. Including the Quaama Men’s Shed, who saw an increase in membership numbers and needed to expand their current facility, and the Captains Flat preschool that used the money to upgrade their building, which had been lacking proper maintenance for many years.
For every community organisation that I provided a grant to, there was an amazing group of people who worked tirelessly for their group and their community, the pride in all that they did was evident in their faces and through their stories.
This year again, I urge all interested parties to apply for the Stronger Communities Program which will help deliver social benefits in communities by providing grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 to community organisations and local governments for capital projects.
To be eligible your project must deliver social benefits to your community and have at least $5,000 in eligible expenditure. Eligible projects previously have included: upgrades or fit-outs of community centres, sporting facilities upgrades, purchasing of equipment, bike paths and community gardens.
Please note that your organisation will need to provide 50% matched funding in cash or kind and your project should be scheduled for completion by 30 June 2019.
If you have a project that could be assisted by this Commonwealth Grant, I encourage you to start planning as soon as possible as EOI’s close on the 29 August 2018.
For expression of interest form or any other information about eligibility, the application process and timelines for the 2018/19 Eden-Monaro Stronger Communities Grant Program, please contact my office on:
(02) 6284 2442 or firstname.lastname@example.org
By Mike Kelly, Federal Member for Eden-Monaro.