Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said Round 7 of the Government’s Stronger Communities Program is aimed at funding projects that deliver social and economic benefits and form part of the Coalition Government’s continuing commitment to strengthen local communities across Australia.

“Community sporting organisations are so important to the fabric of regional communities. The Stronger Communities Program is about strengthening those local organisations to ensure they remain vibrant and sustainable into the future.”

“We know this is needed more than ever after the challenges of the last two years, so I am pleased that the Federal Government is continuing to support local organisations and their communities.”

East Gambier Sportsmen’s Club have received a grant of $20,000 under Round 7 of the Government’s Stronger Communities Program.

Mr Pasin said this grant enables the East Gambier Sportsmen’s Club to update and combine their kitchen facilities creating a compliant and safe environment for volunteers to work in.

“Sporting groups, like the East Gambier Sportsmen’s Club contribute so much to our local community, making them better places to live, work and raise a family,” said Mr Pasin.

“Our local communities are the heart of Barker and this investment in local projects under the Stronger Communities Program is about invigorating these communities and ensuring their continued success.” Mr Pasin said.

East Gambier Sportsmen’s Club President Pete Dwyer said “The Stronger Communities grant assists us in creating a safer environment for volunteers to cater for our members, players and visitors.”

“By combining our canteen and kitchen areas we will reduce the volunteer burden on maintaining and cleaning 2 separate areas.” Mr Dwyer said.

“The addition of a new cool-room meets our sustainability policy by reducing our on-going electricity costs and further reduces our impact on our carbon footprint.” Mr Dwyer said.