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New shade sails installed at Buckingham Way playground

Local children will have more reasons to smile the next time they venture out to play at the Buckingham Way playground thanks to newly installed shade sails.

The new shade sails were erected thanks to support from the Federal Government’s local roads and community infrastructure program.

The Shire of Collie received $678,000 this year under the highly successful Covid-19 stimulus grant program

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said he was thrilled to see the program providing much-needed infrastructure in the local community.

“This program aims to provide funding for community infrastructure projects, and to boost local jobs, businesses and economies still struggling under the effects of COVID-19,” Mr Wilson said.

The program is based on the successful Roads to Recovery program and will enable local councils to deliver priority projects with a focus on upgrades and maintenance to local roads and community infrastructure.

To date the Shire of Collie has received $1.47 million over the program’s three rounds.

This year’s funding allocation provided funding for nine projects, including the shade sails, the modular niche system at the Collie Cemetery, new ring main water at the Collie River Valley Tourist Park, and new footpaths, among others. TBC*

Collie Shire president Sarah Stanley said the stimulus funding came at a crucial time for the Shire of Collie.

“New shade sails for the park were brought to the attention of Council almost three years ago when a petition from nearby residents was tabled,” Mrs Stanley said.

“Council was pleased to receive this funding boost to enable the new shade to be installed in time for the coming Summer.”

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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 Australian 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.