Monday, 2 May 2016
O'Connor Electorate: Stronger Communities Program
I rise today to speak on the results for community groups in O'Connor in round 2 of the Stronger Communities Program. Last Thursday my Stronger Communities Program committee, comprised of former Australian and WA cricketer Ian Brayshaw, acting as chairman; Albany PCYC Manager, Terry Eaton; and Kalgoorlie policeman, Kyran O'Donnell, advised me of their preferred projects.
In the Great Southern, the Mount Barker Rotary Club grant application for interpretive signage at the Mount Barker Hill Lookout was endorsed. The Cranbrook Men's Shed will reclad their building, which is showing some wear and tear, and upgrade other features to improve the amenity for all users. The Goldfields Equestrian Centre will improve safety for riders and raise welfare standards for horses and ponies at the centre and the Goldfields Brass Band will purchase a trailer to transport their equipment to the many community events at which they perform.
On the south coast, the Esperance Bay Yacht Club will remove asbestos roofing from one of their buildings and harvest rainwater for wash-down of the dinghies used by junior members. The Cannery Art Centre in Esperance has been recommended for a kitchen fit-out. In the Wheatbelt, Williams Bowling Club will benefit from a contribution to replace a grass rink with a synthetic green one that will reduce ongoing maintenance costs and the burden on volunteers. Also in Williams, the tennis and hockey clubs will enjoy a grant to upgrade their shed facilities with cafe blinds, gas heaters and a new fence for the children's playground.
In the Northern Goldfields, the Shire of Laverton will receive some funding toward the purchase of a fully-equipped barbecue trailer that can be used to cater for community events, and which will also be available to other groups in the shire. And on the south coast the Shire of Denmark will enjoy a contribution towards a playground at McLean Park, the main sporting and recreational facility in the shire.