Institute, playground could benefit from program

UPGRADES: The Kimba Lions Apex Park playground could receive funding for upgrades as part of the Community Benefit Program.
UPGRADES: The Kimba Lions Apex Park playground could receive funding for upgrades as part of the Community Benefit Program.

Upgrades to local infrastructure could be on the cards for Kimba if the council’s chosen projects get funded through the $2-million Community Benefit Program.

The Community Benefit Program is a part of phase two of consultation on the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

The Kimba District Council has submitted five projects for funding, as well as one on behalf of the skate park committee.

The council’s five projects include upgrades to the Kimba Soldiers Memorial Institute and Lions Apex Park and Playground, construction of an amenities block at the Recreation Reserve, formulation of a community and economic development strategy and free Wi-Fi in the town centre and tourism hotspots.

Mayor Dean Johnson said the chosen projects would benefit the community socially and economically.

“Council has identified these five projects as ones that will deliver substantial social and economic benefit to Kimba, as well as improved amenity for residents and visitors alike,” Mr Johnson said.

“In addition to council’s own applications, it has provided numerous letters of support and in-kind commitments to submissions from a range of community organisations for projects that will stimulate business growth, and provide much-needed equipment and infrastructure that would have gone unfunded without the Community Benefit Program.”

The grant submissions are being looked at by Aus Industries, who are looking at whether or not the projects meet the eligibility and merit criteria.

Projects that meet these criteria are expected to be passed on the Kimba Consultative Committee around March 15.

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