First community project completed

28 April 2017

The new movie night equipment

The first project has been completed using funds from the $2 million Community Benefit Programme in the communities surrounding Wallerberdina Station in South Australia.

The Hawker Community Development Board recently held its first movie night with $6000 of newly purchased equipment.

The development board now has a new projector, speakers, sound mixing boards and cordless microphones for its movie nights.

Part of the money granted under the programme also covered copyright fees to run the movies.

It is the first of 11 projects to be completed using funds under the programme in the area surrounding the Wallerberdina Station site, which has been nominated to host the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

Initial progress has already been made on other, larger projects which received funding.

In March the contract was signed for the construction of two new independent living units for Wirreanda Cottages Inc at Hawker.

The site is being assessed in terms of its access to power, sewer and water utilities and is being prepared with light earthworks.

Originally it was estimated the units would be ready by August 2018 but this has been brought forward to May 2018.

The refurbishment of the Hawker Institute – which includes replacing the roof and floor and installing air conditioning - has been put out to tender with contracts expected to be awarded by the Flinders Ranges Council in May 2017.

Meanwhile, a new male and female changing room for the Hawker Swimming Pool has been ordered and is expected to arrive in late May.

Site preparation work at the pool will start once the delivery date of the transportable building is known.

The Barndioota Consultative Committee requested regular updates about Community Benefit Programme projects – so look out for further news.