Grant makes local communities stronger

A Murrumburrah-Harden organisation says it will be able to deliver improved services to its clients as a result of receiving approval for a Federal Government Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) grant.

Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said Murrumburrah-Harden Flexible Care Services Inc would receive $13,500 to help refurbish its new premises in Harden.

Murrumburrah-Harden Flexible Care Services is an incorporated association which provides services to frail-aged, vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the community.

"We are settling into new premises in Harden and this grant will enable us to provide a really top service to the people we serve," said the organisation's board chair, Stewart Bruce.

Mr McCormack said nearly $150,000 had been approved for 15 projects in the Riverina and Central West through SCP, a program for not-for-profit organisations which funds small capital projects that deliver important social benefits in each of the 151 Federal electorates across the country.

"The Stronger Communities Programme does what its name says - it builds stronger communities in the Riverina and Central West, from large centres such as Wagga Wagga and Parkes to small towns and villages such as The Rock, Woodstock and Dirnaseer," Mr McCormack said.

"When I phone organisations to tell them they will receive a Stronger Communities Grant one of the most common responses I hear is 'this will make a great difference'."

Mr McCormack said the COVID-19 pandemic had cruelled fund-raising over the past 12 months for many not-for-profit organisations and so the latest round of SCP grants was often making the difference between important projects going ahead or being left undone.

Mr McCormack said the Stronger Communities Programme had delivered nearly $900,000 to not-for profit organisations in the Riverina and Central West through the first six rounds of funding.

"I am delighted a seventh round of the Stronger Communities Programme was funded in the 2021-22 Budget, offering grants of between $2,500 and $20,000," Mr McCormack said.

"That seventh round will open for expressions of interest early next year."

ROUND SIX GRANTS INCLUDED:

  • Dirnaseer Memorial Hall Temora Shire - $3,190
  • Pro Patria (Wagga Wagga) - $14,581
  • Legacy Club of Wagga Wagga - $4,151
  • Wagga Wagga Art Society - $3,000
  • Turvey Park Girl Guides - $14,497
  • Murrumburrah-Harden Flexible Care Services - 13,500
  • Woodstock Progress Association - $7,925
  • Parkes Services Squash and Sports Centre - $18,000
  • Weddin Shire Council - $4,200
  • Wirrinya Progress and Sports Association Forbes Shire - $4,227