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 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.”
Old Mount Gambier Gaol Community Garden have received a grant of $20,000 under Round 7 of the Government’s Stronger Communities Program.
“This grant enables the Old Mount Gambier Gaol Community Garden to build a toilet at the community garden for the use of members.” Mr Pasin said.
“Community groups, like the Old Mount Gambier Gaol Community Garden contribute so much to our local community, making them better places to live, work and raise a family.”
“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.”
Old Mount Gambier Gaol Community Garden Secretary David McPherson said the Old Mount Gambier Gaol Community Garden is a not-for-profit organisation. Members of the community participate in growing fruit and vegetables in the centre of town.
“Our Garden has 46 plots with 30 plus active plot holders, including disadvantaged residents and recent migrants to our area. Other facilities include a pergola, pizza oven, BBQ and rainwater tank as well as all tools and hoses available to members. Installing toilet facilities will enable the elderly and young families to utilise the garden for longer periods.” Mr McPherson said.
“Toilet facilities will also allow the garden to welcome the public, including school groups to visit and take the opportunity to benefit from the physical, emotional and social aspects of a community garden. Once toilets are available the garden community will be looking to hold open days and other social functions.” Mr McPherson said.