Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP has congratulated the West Gambier Tennis Club on their successful application to Round 8 of the Stronger Communities Program.


The Club will receive $4,345 for line marking the tennis courts following the resurfacing of the shared, dual line courts in time for the 2023 Western Border Netball Season.


Mr Pasin said he was pleased that the Tennis Club could take advantage of the highly successful funding program.


“The former Coalition Government focused heavily on local capacity building by targeting funding to grassroots community organisations like West Gambier Tennis Club, enabling local clubs to improve their facilities because well maintained facilities lead to strong clubs that contribute to even stronger communities,” Mr Pasin said.


Since 2016 the Coalition’s Stronger Communities Program has provided small grants to community organisations and local governments for small capital projects that deliver social benefits for local communities. The Program committed funding to over 15,000 community–based projects across Australia.


Community-led projects across Barker have shared in $1,200,000, including the Mount Gambier Bowls Club Kitchen ($15,000), the Harness Club lighting ($20,000), East Gambier rainwater tank and kitchen upgrade ($33,000), Sunset Community Kitchen ($11,000), West Gambier Football Club BBQ shed extension and all weather pavilion ($20,000), Old Mount Gambier Gaol Community Garden ($20,000), Mount Gambier & District Baseball Club upgrade ($12,000), Mount Gambier Kart Club shower block ($20,000), Kongorong Community Bus ($20,000).


“Unfortunately, the Albanese Government has decided not to continue funding for the Stronger Communities Program so whilst it’s fantastic that West Gambier Tennis Club was able to take advantage of this Coalition program it’s very sad those opportunities no longer exist,” Mr Pasin said.


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