A student-initiated feature wall project is one of five projects in the Eastern Eyre Peninsula that received money through the Fund My Neighbourhood campaign.
Four of the projects are from the Kimba district, while the fifth project is in Port Neill.
The Kimba Area School’s Multi-Function Feature Wall and Court Fencing received 129 votes from the commununity to make it as one of 49 regional projects to receive funding.
The project will receive $59,921 from the fund for its construction.
The proposal was put together as part of the school’s powerful learners program by students Lily Venning and Layla Moseby-Read.
“(The principal) Mrs Moyle contacted us about designing the feature wall to replace the netting around the courts,” Lily said.
Lily and Layla spent a term working on the project and created a booklet to present to the school’s maintenance and grounds committees.
They came up with the designs for the feature wall and fencing with teacher Meagan Lienert.
“Meagan did some research and brought in some designs for us,” Lily said.
“We did more research and spoke to others in the school about the designs.”
Lily said the school had been very supportive.
“The school has shown us a lot of support, we sent out notices asking for everyone to vote for the project.”
The project should be able to start soon with just a few more details to go over prior to construction.
“We still need to contact an engineer and check things like the lighting,” Lily said.
“But it shouldn’t be too long until it’s started.”
Kimba’s All Abilities Playground will also go ahead thanks to $150,000 in funding, while the town’s Park Terrace Recreation Precinct will get $70,000.
Port Neill received $17,000 for a new roof for the memorial hall, while Waddikee Sports Club received $12,000 for a lighting project.
Premier Jay Weatherill said there had been a big response for the fund from regional South Australia.
“The regional response to the Fund My Neighbourhood program has been incredibly impressive,” Mr Weatherill said
“With the Tumby Bay art project receiving the fourth highest number of votes in the state, it’s clear the regional areas have really championed the initiative.
“Giving locals the power to decide where government funding should be allocated demonstrates the importance of this new way of distributing public money.”
Forty-nine projects in regional South Australia will share in $4.3 million in this round.
Applications for the second round of Fund My Neighbourhood will open in May 2018.
All of the funded projects can be viewed at fundmyneighbourhood.yoursay.sa.gov.au.