Grant funding to support Remote and Isolated Children's Exercise

FUNDING: The Remote and Isolated Children’s Exercise office is located on Power Crescent in Port Augusta
FUNDING: The Remote and Isolated Children’s Exercise office is located on Power Crescent in Port Augusta

Children and families in remote parts of the state will continue to receive vital support with the help of a recent grant announcement from the federal government.

The Remote and Isolated Children’s Exercise (RICE) has successfully gained over $19,000 from the Coalition's Building Better Regions Fund.

Based in Port Augusta, the organisation will use the money to run an education course; Firm Foundations – Building Governance Capability in the Outback.

Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has congratulated RICE on their initiative to raise awareness and increase skills.

“I am very pleased RICE has been given the resources to run this program," he said.

“Residents of our outback are by definition some of the toughest and most self-reliant in our nation.

“Many of them work to improve their community by serving on a number of boards and committees and understanding the rules of corporate governance are increasingly an issue for concern."

RICE has been providing support to children and their families in the remote and isolated areas of outback South Australia since 1976.

The Exercise was established in response to the difficulties faced by geographically isolated families with children aged up to 8-years-old.

Team members travel through the state covering over 655000 square kilometres to offer a range of programs designed to assist with childcare, early childhood education, play sessions as well as a toy and resource library.

The Building Better Regions fund has delivered more than $40 million to the Grey electorate since 2013.

“Living in a remote neighbourhood presents challenges most can never even imagine, but it is important to our nation we have people prepared to choose this life. On one hand providing food and fibre for Australia and the world, while on the other caring for our environment on a scale few understand," Mr Ramsey said.

“The Government is supporting our regions through investing in important local infrastructure, as well as great community-building and planning initiatives under the Building Better Regions Fund and other Government priorities such as the Regional Growth Fund and our decentralisation agenda."