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.

“Local organisations such as U3A Riverland are so important to the fabric of regional 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 two years, so I am pleased that the Federal Government is continuing to support local organisations and their communities.”

U3A Riverland have received a grant of $8,250 under Round 7 of the Government’s Stronger Communities Program.

“This grant enables U3A to replace the existing old and unsuitable heating and cooling with energy efficient air-conditioning that will allow year round accessibility in two activity rooms of the U3A building.” Mr Pasin said.

“The facility is run by volunteers and utilised to asssit seniors to lead an improved, energised and independent life by providing learning and interest based activities per year.”

“In my role as the Member for Barker I have seen the impact volunteering makes in communities throughout the electorate and I’m hopeful this grant together with others like it will go some way to making volunteering easier for the thousands of volunteers who regularly volunteer their time selflessly for the benefit of others.” Mr Pasin said.

U3A Riverland Tony Guster said Tony Pasin made the funding presentation after addressing the Annual General Meeting of the group.

“The grant will enable U3A Riverland to install modern, efficient heating and cooling appliances in our building in Strawbridge Street, Berri.”

“These air conditioners will be very supportive of our purpose. Uncomfortable conditions currently experienced in both winter and summer are not conducive to maintaining the health and well-being of our members and adversely affect their involvement in the activities we offer.”

“The modern appliances are many times more efficient and technologically advanced than the older ones and can be used strategically to make the rooms comfortable for our use and reduce our power bills.”