The Australian Government is providing $150,000 to fund thirteen local community infrastructure projects across the electorate of Barker.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said Round 6 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.

“Local organisations such as Men Shed community groups are the beating hearts of local communities. The Stronger Communities Program is about strengthening those local organisations to ensure they have they remain vibrant and sustainable into the future.”

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

Mates of the Cross in Paringa have received a grant of $14,623 under Round 6 of the Government’s Stronger Communities Program.

“This grant enabled Mates of the Cross to purchase new industrial quality tools to replace domestic tools currently being used by members of the shed, as well as equipment which supports their social ride program.” Mr Pasin said.

Mates of the Cross Coordinator, Grahame Nicholson said the Stronger Communities Program grant has enabled an expansion of their services as well as improving the quality of their existing set up.

“Our focus is on the socially isolated, but many are also physically limited by age, health and mental disabilities. With the grant we have purchased six E-Bikes and support equipment. This has expanded our ability to offer riding in our ride group to those who are otherwise excluded due to disability.” Mr Nicholson said.

“Mates of the Cross’ member uptake has grown as a result. The ride includes social aspects and is one of our most effective groups for social, mental and physical health improvement.” Mr Nicholson said.

“We have also added to our wood and metal workshops by the acquisition of better quality and safer power tools. A laptop has also been acquired to assist in the provision of OH&S programs and instructional videos and membership, COVID and training records.” Mr Nicholson said.

“We would like to give our thanks to Tony Pasin and his staff who went out of their way to assist with our application, we are forever grateful.” Mr Nicholson said.

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