Voting for local ideas

PROJECT: More than 75,000 votes have already been cast by more than 21,000 voters.
PROJECT: More than 75,000 votes have already been cast by more than 21,000 voters.

Thirteen local project ideas are in the running for the state governments Fund My Neighbourhood initiative.

With polls set to close on November 20, residents are being urged to cast their votes now.

One-off grants of between $10,000 and $150,000 are available for projects as diverse as small local infrastructure upgrades through to initiatives that strengthen neighbourhood cohesion.

Among some of the projects in Port Augusta are; seating for the Lea Memorial Theatre, equipment storage for the Combined Soccer and Footsal Clubs of Port Augusta, a picnic area for the Arid Lands Botanic Garden, artificial grass play space for Stirling North, a community garden, West Augusta Cricket Club kitchen upgrade and the relocation of the Vehicle Restorers Club

There are three projects in Quorn including culturally inclusive art activities, a community garden and an edible garden for the Quorn Kindergarten.

The Hawker community would like to see an outdoor gym – and the people of Wilmington have posted ideas for a permanent soft play space inside the newly proposed Community Centre, as well as a revitalisation of the Wilmington Oval Complex. 

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said the response to the Fund My Neighbourhood initiative has far exceeded his expectations.

“Over 1,600 projects were opened to a public vote, which has given the community a vast range of projects to choose from,” Mr Weatherill said.

“This is one of the largest projects of its kind in the world, giving local communities the opportunity to choose how public funds are invested in their communities.

“This is an incredible opportunity to get funding for projects that will have benefits for you and your community.”

The program’s funding has been distributed across 15 regions so there is every possibility that one or more of the projects in Port Augusta and surrounds could get off the ground – if it receives enough local backing. 

To vote for the project of your choice visit the Fund My Neighbourhood website here.