Local groups win with council funding

COUNCIL CASH: Mary Gudzenovs and Diane Hester from Eyre Writers with Port Lincoln mayor Brad Flaherty. Photo: Port Lincoln City Council
COUNCIL CASH: Mary Gudzenovs and Diane Hester from Eyre Writers with Port Lincoln mayor Brad Flaherty. Photo: Port Lincoln City Council

The Port Lincoln City Council has announced seven local groups and projects who will benefit from Community Grant funding.

The Lower Eyre Road Safety Committee, Eyre Writers and a Women's Wellbeing and Safety Hub are among projects that will be rolled out thanks to funding from the council.

Eyre Writers member Mary Gudzenovs said this funding will allow the Eyre Writers' Week to go ahead next year - an important event as some people cannot get to the Adelaide Writers' Week.

"Writing is not a highly-financed activity, but we want to support locals," Ms Gudzenovs said.

"We wanted to be able to bring an author to Port Lincoln - but it costs money."

This year, the group used their own funding to put on the event, but their spent resources means next year would have been completely off the cards without the council grant.

Eyre Writers' Week will be hosted as part of next year's SALT Festival.

Lower Eyre Road Safety Committee member Laurie Collins said up until a couple years ago, the group never called upon anybody for funds to sustain them until taking on some projects.

GRANT: Laurie Collins and Tony Brown from the Lower Eyre Peninsula Road Safety Committee with mayor Brad Flaherty. Photo: Port Lincoln City Council

GRANT: Laurie Collins and Tony Brown from the Lower Eyre Peninsula Road Safety Committee with mayor Brad Flaherty. Photo: Port Lincoln City Council

"We used to indulge in the sausage sizzle at the local hardware store, but we've got so few members now we don't qualify for running it, so we don't have any income from that there," Mr Collins said.

The Department of Transport provide the group with an annual admin assistance fee of $500 but the group's assets including tow trailers and a storage unit require maintenance, registration, insurance and other admin costs.

The committee have also submitted a draft plan and application to obtain council land for the construction a Road Safety Training Park for the Lower Eyre Peninsula region.

"We realise the council is not blessed with buckets of money ... but we just want the words 'Road Safety Training Park' included in their vocabulary of projects for the future," Mr Collins said.

The grants were awarded through the Community Grant Funding - Liveable and Active Communities category.

Port Lincoln mayor Brad Flaherty said the grant was a valuable way council could support the community.

"Community grant funding is available to support activities which contribute to economic growth, build wellbeing and connection and create new opportunities, run by groups which make genuine contributions to our town," he said.

The successful recipients of the Liveable and Active Communities Funding Group Program/project Funding:

  • Port Lincoln History Group for Computer equipment - $3,199
  • Community House Port Lincoln Volunteer wish list, to purchase equipment for the Men's Shed - $1,800
  • Yarredi Services Women's Wellbeing and Safety Hub - $5,000
  • West Coast Youth & Community Support Youth Leadership Development and outreach support - $10,000
  • Eyre Writers, Eyre Writer's Week - $3,000
  • Lower Eyre Road Safety Committee, Administration costs - $2,000
  • Norwood Football Club, NFC and Duke of Edinburgh Development Program - $4,800

The Community Grant Funding Program's Minor Category is open for applications all year round for small scale events, programs and projects.

Go to portlincoln.sa.gov.au for more information.