$2M approved for 33 Kimba projects

More than 30 projects in the Kimba district will share in $4 million from the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Community Benefit Program.

Resources Minister Matt Canavan announced the successful projects near Kimba and Wallerberdina Station near Hawker on Wednesday, with 33 out of the successful 45 projects located in Kimba.

The successful projects include big projects such as a new palliative care wing at the Kimba Hospital, and smaller projects like air-conditioning in the Kelly Pioneer Memorial Hall.

The projects vary from new infrastructure and upgrades to existing infrastructure, community projects, feasibility studies and trials.

Mr Canavan said the two communities, which were being consulted about hosting the facility, were invited to submit projects that “deliver social and economic benefits to their area”.

“Two million dollars for each community is a significant investment, designed to help offset the time and resources they are devoting to the detailed consultation program underway,” Mr Canavan said.

“Overall, the merit of received applications was high and I look forward to the successful projects delivering tangible improvements for these communities.

“There is a great diversity in both the recipients and the types of projects that are being awarded funding.

“Beneficiaries include local sporting clubs, community organisations, and projects focussed on everything from tourism to health, agriculture and mobile phone coverage.

“It was great to see so many different organisations putting their ideas forward, and I thank the respective local Consultative Committees for their feedback and recommendations.”

Mr Canavan said each application had been assessed by AusIndustry and received feedback from local consultative committees.

The applications were assessed on criteria including the applicant’s capacity and capability to carry out the project, the benefit to the community and the value for money offered.

“Australia’s radioactive waste stream is largely associated with the production of nuclear medicines that one in two Australians will need, on average, at some point in their lives,” Mr Canavan said.

“Radioactive waste is currently held in more than 100 locations around Australia, and it is government policy that as much as possible be consolidated into a single, safe repository.

“Two sites in Kimba and one at Wallerberdina Station volunteered to host the facility, and are currently in a detailed community and technical assessment process.

“The Community Benefit Program is a key part of the process.”

Details of the projects are at radioactivewaste.gov.au.

Community Benefit Program – successful projects

  • New amenities block at the Kimba Recreation Reserve – $174,739
  • New and upgraded Historical Society facilities – $68,960
  • Palliative Care Wing at the Kimba Hospital – $230,000
  • Significant upgrade of the Kimba Soldiers Memorial Institute - $208,981
  • New marquee to support Agricultural Horticultural and Floricultural show society and other community events – $47,303
  • New all-abilities safety play surfacing at the Kimba Community Kindergarten –  $13,800
  • Air-conditioning of the Kelly Pioneer Memorial Hall –  $6,425
  • New competition equipment and storage for the Kimba Pony Club –  $33,741
  • Renovation of Kimba Uniting Church Op Shop –  $38,642
  • Kimba Silo Art tourism amenities –  $12,115
  • Improvements to Kimba Men's Shed –  $12,824
  • Upgrade of Lions/Apex Playground –  $114,355
  • Relocation and upgrade of cricket training facilities –  $88,548
  • New community bus –  $68,721
  • Moisture Probe & Weather Station Network –  $19,721
  • Community and Economic Development Strategy for Kimba –  $55,080
  • Kimba's Healthy Mind Healthy Community Project – $30,773
  • Shining a New Light on Amateur Photography – $5,783
  • Joint Equipment Storage Shed – $62,327
  • Export hay variety trial and rotation evaluation – $17,500
  • Buckleboo Tennis Club improvements – $80,200
  • Public Wi-Fi in the town centre and at tourism hot spots – $34,600
  • Kimba Health & Fitness Centre facility upgrade –  $26,673
  • Kimba Golf Club facility upgrade – $65,097
  • Buckleboo Club upgrade – $13,996
  • Secret Rocks: Kimba's Premier Ecotourism Destination – $80,062
  • Waddikee Community Sports Club facility upgrade –  $82,000
  • Kimba Senior Citizens Club facility upgrade –  $15,083
  • Kimba Bowling Club floodlight upgrade – $45,862
  • Multi-user Grain Accumulation Centre – $69,300
  • Development planning for Kimba Skate Park – $22,475
  • Feasibility planning for new game meat industry –  $52,200
  • Retractable shade system for Kimba Bowling Club – $102,114