$50K will go to farm re­vamp

Geraldton Guardian - - Front Page - Tamra Carr

Ger­ald­ton Street­work Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion has re­ceived $50,000 to re­pair, upgrade and im­prove Gun­nado Farm.

The money will be used in part to re­new and add dis­abil­ity ac­cess, upgrade the wheel­chair ac­cess ramp at Alice Nan­nup Youth Art Cen­tre, re­place the steps and the rail­ing at Bush Kitchen, re­place the deck at the river view look­out and upgrade smoke alarms.

Streeties op­er­a­tions man­ager Mer­ri­lyn Green said a youth heal­ing camp was also in the works.

“Some of the money will go to pur­chas­ing tents for the de­vel­op­ment of a heal­ing camp,” she said.

“Young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies can come up to stay at the farm and talk through their is­sues in a way aligned with indige­nous cul­ture.”

Gun­nado Farm stretches across 160ha of land in Walk­a­way.

The $50,000 pledge to upgrade the farm is part of the WA Gov­ern­ment’s Lo­cal Projects, Lo­cal Jobs pro­gram.

“We’re ex­tremely happy to re­ceive the fund­ing as it’s a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for us to do these very im­por­tant up­grades,” Ms Green said.

“We work closely with (North­ern Agri­cul­tural Catch­ments Coun­cil) and Cen­tral Re­gional TAFE to run pro­grams on the farm too, such as land man­age­ment.”

Mem­bers of the Streeties board and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from WA La­bor, NACC, Batavia Coast Mar­itime In­sti­tute, Cen­tral Re­gional TAFE and the Depart­ment of Prime Min­is­ter and Cab­i­net.

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