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Lockhart & the Rock Receive a Splash of State Funding

Lockhart Shire Council has received $1.5 million in State Government funding to help refurbish the ageing community swimming pools at Lockhart and The Rock, as part of NSW's Stronger Country Communities fund.

State Member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire MP, joined Anita on the Country Viewpoint for all the details.

Upgrades will include the construction of new pool shells with wet decks, all abilities access ramps, new modern and energy efficient pool filtration systems, a new BBQ, playground and shade areas as well as modern amenities buildings.

Lockhart Shire General Manager, Peter Veneris, welcomed the announcement.

“The swimming pools at Lockhart and The Rock were important community assets but had reached the end of their economic life.

“The pool refurbishments have been designed in consultation with the community and will ensure the community has access to modern, safe and accessible swimming facilities for another 50 years.” he said.

The Stronger Country Communities fund is one of six funds part of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to improve economic growth and productivity through investment in regional communities.

Applications for Round Two opened on March 12 with more information at nsw.gov.au.

In his conversation with Anita, Mr Maguire also outlined fudning for local schools within the Wagga electorate, including The Rock Central School.

Wagga Wagga High School, North Wagga Public School, Riverina Environmental Education Centre and The Rock Central School have each received $3,500 from NSW Government Eco Schools grant to deliver hands-on environmental education.

“Funding grassroots projects is about teaching kids how to live more sustainably,” Mr Maguire said in a statement.

“These grants are an important investment in our future – research shows that this can help create better environmental awareness later in life.”

The Eco Schools Grant Program provides funding for schools to create environmental learning opportunities for students, teachers and the school community

Projects include:

The Rock Central School: Little steps - reducing our community's carbon footprint:

The aim of the project is to educate students from Kindergarten to Year 10 on the benefits of recycling organic "waste" and converting this into nutrient rich soil to grow fresh vegetables.

Wagga Wagga High School:

The sensory garden will have multiple purposes including agricultural and environmental learning, and a supportive space for students assisting them with continued wellbeing and emotional support. The garden will also cater to students who require further sensory exploration, or students who have sensory issues to be stimulated in a safe, comfortable environment. To support refugee students who have settled in Wagga Wagga, the garden will also be utilised as a cultural learning area where they can experience and teach their peers about foods, native to their cultures.

North Wagga Public school: North Wagga nude food warrior:

The project will relocate and expand its existing vegie garden to a more accessible central area. Students will be involved in all aspects of the garden from selecting the right plants for the position and season, nurturing and harvesting them, and enjoying the produce, some of which will be utilised in the school canteen.

Riverina Environmental Education Centre: Citizen science - animal count:

The purpose of this project is to connect students with their local environment through a Citizen science project collecting data on the animals living within specific ecosystems, through environmental education and Citizen Science strategies. Primary and secondary school students will use motion sensor cameras to perform an audit of the native and introduced fauna present in their school setting

For more information about the grants and how to apply visit: environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/schools.

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