Pacific Hydro to fund $55,000 worth of community led projects

Pictured are grant recipients from Mundoora Community Sports Club, Port Broughton Combined Sporting Club, The Willochra Home, Crystal Brook Bowling Club, Krista Kim and Adam Chandler from Pacific Hydro, Gulnare Redhill Football and Netball Club, Crystal Brook Country Women’s Association, Crystal Brook Junior Basketball Club, Broughton Plains Shed Fund.
Pictured are grant recipients from Mundoora Community Sports Club, Port Broughton Combined Sporting Club, The Willochra Home, Crystal Brook Bowling Club, Krista Kim and Adam Chandler from Pacific Hydro, Gulnare Redhill Football and Netball Club, Crystal Brook Country Women’s Association, Crystal Brook Junior Basketball Club, Broughton Plains Shed Fund.

Pacific Hydro has announced that the Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund will be supporting a total of eight projects for the 2018-2019 funding period.

Community groups from around the Clements Gap Wind Farm, which bridges both Port Pirie and Barunga West Councils and is owned and operated by Pacific Hydro, will receive funding.

Groups were able to submit requests for up to $10,000 to fund projects serving Clements Gap, Crystal Brook, Redhill, Port Broughton, Mundoora and Wandearah. A total of $55,000 was up for grabs.

Successful applicants were formally recognised at a presentation ceremony in Crystal Brook.

Krista Kim, Engagement and External Affairs Manager at Pacific Hydro, said that the company is proud of how far its Community Investment Program has come.

“Since its inception in 2015, Pacific Hydro has funded more than 700 projects totalling $3.15 million,” she said.

“This year alone we are funding over $470,000 worth of projects. From facility upgrades to community gardens to renewable energy projects like solar panels, Pacific Hydro is proud to give back to the community-identified projects and organisations that benefit the people who neighbour our wind farms.”

The successful projects this year include funding for solar panels at the Crystal Brook Bowling Club that will in turn reduce power bills and improve the amenities of the clubrooms.

The water-damaged ceiling will be replaced at the Crystal Brook Country Women’s Association, enhancing the interior while improving the health and safety welfare of all users.

Speed humps will be installed near the adjacent playground at Port Broughton Combined Sporting Club to improve safety for young children, and new towers with adjustable rings will serve more than 100 youth at the Crystal Brook Junior Basketball Club.

At its core, Pacific Hydro’s Community Investment Program aims to empower local residents to identify the initiatives and projects Pacific Hydro should support.

“Many organisations have shared feedback with us stating that without Pacific Hydro's help projects would not move forward, which strengthens the importance of a program such as this,” said Krista.

All eligible applications were reviewed by a fair and transparent panel process, which included members of the community and the two local councils.

FUNDING WINNERS

Crystal Brook Country Women’s Association

Replace Ceiling: Replace a water damaged ceiling that is breaking and falling so as to enhance the interior and address health and safety welfare of all users.

Crystal Brook Junior Basketball Club

Urgent Tower Replacement: Provide new towers and adjustable rings for the Junior Basketball Club, serving more than 100 youth.

Crystal Brook Bowling Club

Crystal Brook Bowling Club solar panels: Install solar panels on the roof of the clubrooms.

Port Broughton Combined Sporting Club

Slow down: Trenching and installation of speed humps near adjacent playground

Broughton Plains Shed Fund

Fit out work area in community shed: Provide two steel benches and two wooden topped benches (one of each with adjustable legs for the old or handicapped), two steel lockers and an industrial heater.

Gulnare Redhill Football & Netball Club

Front porch concreting: Aim is to eventually concrete the complete front of the new and old function centre at the Redhill Football Oval. It will also make it wheel chair/disabled accessible.

The Willochra Home

Café and outdoor area for residents, family and community

Mundoora Community Sports Club

Kitchen upgrade: Upgrade benchtops to comply with OHS standards and have a safe working oven for people to use.