Our View (28-11-2017): Communities funded

THERE are some very happy community groups after the inaugural round of Fund My Neighbourhood funding was announced last week.

Four Yorke Peninsula projects will share in $365,000 to redevelop, upgrade and create new spaces for people to use.

This injection of cash is huge for these ideas, some of which would have taken many more years to raise money for or wouldn’t even exist.

A committed group of locals around Newtown, Kadina, recorded the fifth-highest number of votes in the state for a redevelopment of the much-loved park.

The group brainstormed ideas and was focused on making it a community-driven project.

The $55,000 it received will go towards replacing the old wooden equipment, which has begun rotting, and replacing the barbecue hot plate used by many a party.

While it is exciting these projects have been given the green light, there are more than 40 good and valuable projects which have missed out.

I, personally, was pleasantly surprised when we printed the list of grant applicants.

I had just figured there would be a couple of big ideas put out there but was amazed to see almost 50 groups working to improve their communities.

Many groups held voting days to encourage others to sign up and to explain the process, which could be confusing at times.

It is disappointing the funding wasn’t spread across the peninsula but at the end of the day, it wasn’t about being equal, it was about the community identifying and prioritising its needs.

It would be a shame if the groups which didn’t receive funding this time shelve their ideas entirely; many projects could be of great benefit to the area.

Now is the time to consolidate, begin fundraising (if they hadn’t already) and look towards the local council community grants programs next year.

The state government has said the second round of FMN grants will open in May 2018 and I’ll be interested to see how previous ideas have grown and the winning grants have inspired others.

Rhiannon Koch
Acting editor

 

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