Volunteers benefit from funding

New upgrades for some of the state’s most important volunteer organisations have been given a big thumbs-up from the Marshall Government.

Minster for Sport, Recreation and Racing Corey Wingard has been visiting the Mid-North this week to thank the region’s volunteers and see first-hand some of the vital projects that were completed through the State Liberal Government’s grants programs.

The regional trip to eight towns across the region included Eudunda, Robertstown, Burra, Spalding, Laura, Booleroo, Pekina and Lower Light.

The Minister visited sports and community groups, Country Fire Service (CFS) brigades, and State Emergency Services (SES) units on Tuesday 21 May and Wednesday 22 May for Wear Orange Wednesday.

“It’s been wonderful to visit the mid north and speak with so many great people in the community,” said Minister Wingard.

“I’ve visited a number of the CFS brigades in the region which have received a funding injection to upgrade facilities,” said Minister Wingard.

“The CFS brigade in Burra was provided with $36,000 to upgrade its kitchen and remove asbestos – this project will be completed by June.”

Both the Spalding and Pekina CFS stations received respective funding of $26,000 and $13,000 for internal toilets.

“Our emergency services volunteers donate countless hours of their time to their communities, and in doing so, they spend much of their time at the brigade,” continued Minister Wingard.

“They deserve the right facilities and that’s why I’m proud to be delivering for the local CFS brigades in the mid north.”

Minister Wingard also visited a number of sporting organisations during his visit whose representatives told him how successful the Sports Vouchers Program, which the Liberal Government doubled from $50 to $100 value for each voucher, had been in growing participation in the regions.

“On Tuesday, I visited the Eudunda Robertstown Netball Club who recently completed works on a lighting upgrade, new fencing and also constructed a new shelter thanks to a grant of $35,000 through the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR),” said Minister Wingard.

“The lighting upgrades will allow the facility to be used for a longer period of time throughout the day and night, meaning more people will able to play netball in the Eudunda and Robertstown region.”

Other sports and community organisations that were visited by Minister Wingard included the Community Swimming Pool in Eudunda, the Booleroo Centre Memorial Swimming Pool, the Booleroo Athletics Club, and the Lower Light Rifle Association Club.

These organisations have recently received funding through the ORSR totaling more than $220,000 combined.

“The Marshall Liberal Government recognises that the Mid-North has an enviable sporting tradition,” Minister Wingard said.

“Sports and community clubs in South Australia’s regions deserve to have facilities on par with those in metropolitan Adelaide.”

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