• Hannah Phillips

Karoonda Community Funding Boost

Karoonda East Murray Council has distributed its 2017 Community Grants - giving $5,000 towards the town's popular Farm Fair in 2018.

Meanwhile, three of Karoonda’s main sporting clubs are also celebrating funding success through Council’s 2017 Community Grants program.

Karoonda Cricket Club was awarded $5,000 towards new facilities, while the Karoonda Bowling Club received $1,250 and the Karoonda Football Club a grant of $1,150.

With an additional $5,000 gifted to the Wynarka Recreation Committee in September to redevelop the existing Wynarka playspace, Karoonda East Murray Council has awarded community groups a total of $17,400 this year.

Council Mayor Kevin Burdett congratulated the successful grant recipients and said it was important to support local clubs and events, which were generally run by volunteers.

“We appreciate the hard work and effort put into the community by these clubs and groups,” he said.

“If you look at the Farm Fair event, it attracts thousands of people and delivers significant economic opportunities into the region each year.

"Council is delighted to offer this support to such an important event on the Karoonda calendar."

Farm Field Manager, Ray Bald said the funding would be used to attract high profile guest speakers to the two-day event, and they’ve already secured their lady.

“Sophie Thomson from ABC’s Gardening Australia show was so popular last year, we’ve invited her back,” he says.

“During the Q & A, we couldn’t get her off the stage because so many people were asking her questions. "It was wonderful to watch.”

Mr Bald said the continuing support of Karoonda East Murray Council towards the event was greatly appreciated.

“It’s a wonderful community event and we have to keep on giving the public new events and guest speakers they want to see.

:This funding enables us to do that.”

Council provides grants of up to $5,000 to groups and clubs for recreational, cultural and sporting projects, community celebrations and minor infrastructure needs.

Applications for the 2018 Community Grants­­ will open mid next year.

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