Drought Communities Programme projects approved

Over $2 million in drought projects have been approved across the Eastern Eyre Peninsula in recent weeks.

The Cleve, Franklin Harbour and Kimba district councils were added to the Drought Communities Program late last year, and are eligible for $1 million each in funding if they can submit and complete eligible projects before July.

The Kimba District Council has been given approval to spend its entire allocation on two projects.

Around $750,000 will be spent on a water conservation project at the Roora Reserve, which will see plastic sheets installed to catch water runoff.

The remaining $250,000 will be spent on upgrades to the change rooms at the Kimba swimming pool.

Council chief executive officer Deb Larwood said both projects were in the tender process, and should there be money left over the council was hoping to install solar heating at the pool.

The Cleve District Council has been given the all-clear for a major project that will see a list of sporting organisations across the district receive maintenance and upgrades over the coming months.

Rudall, Darke Peak, Mangalo, Cleve and Arno Bay sporting clubs, Cleve and Arno Bay bowls clubs, Cleve Golf Club, Cleve AH&F Society, Arno Bay Yacht Club and Arno Bay Dirt Circuit Club will all receive funds for a variety of upgrades and maintenance projects.

The Cleve District Council this week passed a motion to circumvent procurement policy in an attempt to speed the process up, after waiting around four weeks for the application to be processed.

The council has also received approval to clear drift-affected roads, and is still waiting on applications for additional community infrastructure and the hiring of a drought project officer.

Acting chief executive officer Meisha Quinn said she had been “given the indication” that the projects would be approved in coming weeks.

The Franklin Harbour District Council has had around $800,000 in projects already approved, with more still being processed.

Beautification is the main priority for the council, with $207,000 spend on footpaths and kerbs in the Cowell district.

$123,000 has been spent on the Lucky Bay waterline project, $60,000 will be spent on playground upgrades and $50,000 has been allocated to a men’s shed.