Local groups to benefit from council grants

NEW UNIFORMS: The Naracoorte Highland Pipe Band will be able to purchase uniforms for new members
NEW UNIFORMS: The Naracoorte Highland Pipe Band will be able to purchase uniforms for new members

Community groups will get a cash injection thanks to the latest round of the council's Community Chest grants.

Five applications for funding were approved, equalling $8,702.

The grants include $500 for the Naracoorte RSL & District Bowling Club to purchase a 'Junior Jack Attack Kit' to assist in promoting bowls, running clinics aimed towards school children and juniors.

Limestone Ladies SACWA were granted $2,650 to repair a box gutter at their building on Sandstone Avenue.

Naracoorte United Soccer Club were granted $1,695 to help with the building of a water tank which will allow rainwater to be used throughout the buildings and toilets, reducing plumbing and maintenance costs which will in turn allow the club to offer more affordable programs.

Naracoorte Highland Pipe Band will receive $1,332 for the purchase of four Wallace tartan kilts for new band members. The new kilts will remain the property of the band.

Finally, the Naracoorte Hunt Pony Club were granted $2,525 to purchase five sets of showjumping wings and poles, which will allow more competitions to be held at the grounds, potentially attract new members to the club and attract new competitors from the region and interstate.

The report presented to council said that even though this round of funding is not completely allocated, not all applicants were recommended for the amounts they were seeking due to the relatively small contribution by the community organisation.

"Naracoorte RSL & District Bowling Club received a grant 2019/20 and while the terms and conditions state that 'organisations will, in general, be limited to one successful grant every 2 years' the application has merit in that it encourages children to be active and to interact with the aged, and gives the aged purpose and the opportunity to attract more to the club (young children, parents, etc)," the report said.

"The club is also prepared to contribute some of their own funds to the purchase."

Councillors also voted that the remaining $11,000 be allocated to the next round of the Community Chest program.