Facilities get grants boost
PROJECTS to upgrade Ridley Place Reserve and the Leschenault Leisure Centre in Australind shared in $150,000 of grant money on Monday, February 5, as part of the State Government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs program.
Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke presented the money through the election commitment-directed program for $100,000 for upgrades to ablutions at Ridley Place and $50,000 for lights at the centre.
Mrs Clarke said the upgrades to Ridley Place were important to ensure the area was appealing for residents and visitors to the region.
“It’s about making the area more family-friendly and getting more families down there to use it,” she said.
Harvey shire president Tania Jackson said the upgrades were badly needed with the last upgrade to ablution facilities occurring 15 years ago.
“It’s long overdue for the redevelopment,” she said.
Upgrades have already been made to the boat ramp and carpark with further additions to facilities including a kiosk or cafe being considered in the long-term plan.
Leschenault Sporting Association manager Chris Kinninmont said lights at the centre would allow bigger functions and attract outsiders.
Cr Jackson said the money would go towards the budget of $230,000 for the centre upgrades.
“It is really great that we have got these local community grants available to us as they are making things go ahead a lot quicker than they usually would,” she said.