From power tools for workshops, events to break the cycle of isolation for farmers and bringing the magic of Christmas to children, 19 initiatives have been announced to improve the well-being of regional communities in which Inland Rail will operate.
Round three of the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program has allocated more than $55,000 to benefit schools, community groups and associations in regional communities across NSW, QLD and Victoria.
Successful applicants locally have included:
- The Gundy Men's Shed for the purchase of power tools;
- The Yelarbon Men's Shed for the installation of power points;
- The Toomelah Local Aboriginal Land Council for a sport and fitness fit-out of Toomelah Community Hall and;
- The Croppa Creek P&C Association for 'Escape to the Big Smoke'.
Inland Rail Director of Engagement, Environment and Property Rebecca Pickering said the program's success along the whole rail corridor has provided a well-deserved funding boost to worthy initiatives which build community prosperity.
"Delivering Inland Rail is only possible in partnership with the communities in which we operate and supporting our communities' sustainability is paramount," Ms Pickering said.
"A key commitment is to leave a positive legacy along the rail corridor and this program is just one example of how we seek to ensure regional communities benefit from this unique project," Ms Pickering said.
"More than $180,000 has already been allocated in the first three rounds. We congratulate successful recipients for this round which include sporting groups, schools, men's groups and indigenous cultural groups. Funded projects represent a diverse range of initiatives such as upgrading community facilities, skills building in the areas of STEM education and inclusive events."
Ms Pickering said there is another opportunity for groups to tap into the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Program this month.
"The next round of funding applications for the program is now open and eligible groups can still apply for funding of between $1000 and $4000 for their project or service by Friday, January 31." For terms and conditions and to access an application form visit the Inland Rail website or email IRCommunitySponsorships@ARTC.com.au