Drought help

FUNDING SUCCESS: Orroroo was selected as one of ten towns from around the nation to gain help from Rural Aid's inaugural Ten Town Makeover.
FUNDING SUCCESS: Orroroo was selected as one of ten towns from around the nation to gain help from Rural Aid's inaugural Ten Town Makeover.

Orroroo is one of ten towns around the nation to gain funding in a support program helping to transform rural communities impacted by one of the worst droughts in history.

The town was the South Australian winner of Rural Aid's inaugural Ten Town Makeover and will gain a minimum $100,000 commitment to support a rejuvenation over a five-year period.

Rural Aid's Farm Army of volunteers, between 50 and 100, will spend a week in the town in August next year and will bring a welcome injection of money to local businesses.

As part of the program, $10,000 will be spent on enabling leaders from Orroroo to work with expert consultants in developing a strategy for long-term renewal of the town and community. The remainder of the funds, $90,000, will go towards materials for maintenance projects identified by the community.

District Council of Orroroo Carrieton chief executive officer, Dylan Strong, said the funding announcement was exciting.

"We are ecstatic to be selected as one of the Rural Aid 10 Town Makeovers, the hype surrounding the announcement has been so good to see", he said.

"The reality of drought is taking its toll on our community, and this initiative is an injection of support we need to help rebuild our confidence and community pride.

"The short and long term economic benefits of this initiative are most welcome in our district, and it will help renew the community's focus on working toward some positive opportunities".

Community project officer, Jodie Boully, said the phone call they had received announcing their success had created a buzz of positivity in their office.

"We can't make it rain, but this is our chance to get our community excited, band together, foster positive wellbeing and promote opportunities in our town," she said.

"This initiative gives us enthusiasm and focus towards some positive opportunities."