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Aldersyde Agricultural Hall in Brookton has been granted $110,000 for vital upgrades under the Federal Government’s Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s Tackling Tough Times Together program.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson was thrilled with the announcement and said the funds would increase accessibility and reduce volunteer fatigue through upgrades to the hall’s kitchen, toilet facilities, water storage, veranda and parking area.

“I’m very pleased the Government is supporting the Foundation’s crucial work of stimulating regional economies while strengthening social connections in drought-affected communities,” Mr Wilson said.

“The Tackling Tough Times Together program has a range of benefits, including keeping money flowing through shops and suppliers and creating jobs for communities that have been disadvantaged by drought. 

“Regional communities are tough and they’re strong – our people have seen the challenges of drought, bushfires, floods and now a global pandemic and they are rallying.

“Drought is only truly broken after 18 to 24 months of sustained good rainfall and we know so many communities have not yet had that.

“That’s why we committed $15 million for the Tackling Tough Times Together program, supporting hundreds of projects run by local groups in drought-affected regional communities.

“The Federal Government is backing regional Australia every step of the way to ensure communities bounce back stronger than ever.

“With money already flowing through rolling grants as part of our more than $10 billion drought support package, we are doing what it takes to help regional communities through this uniquely tough year.

“I call on all eligible community groups to apply for ongoing funding available under the Tackling Tough Times Together program to bring their much-needed initiatives to fruition.”

More information on the Tackling Tough Times Together program and the latest round of recipients can be found on the Foundation’s website at www.frrr.org.au/grants/TTTT or by visiting the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website at www.regional.gov.au/regional/programs

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.