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Stronger Communities in the Goldfields!

Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP has announced seven community groups in the Goldfields-Esperance region will share in $76,750 of Federal Government funding through the Stronger Communities Programme.


Stronger Communities grants assist sporting clubs, community organisations and local governments upgrade their facilities, funding up to 50 per cent of the cost of capital works projects.


Successful organisations were invited to apply based on the social benefit each project promised to deliver.


Mr Wilson said it was fantastic to be able to deliver the good news heading in to the festive period.


“These grants are all about boosting the vibrancy of our communities by increasing participation among local groups and facilities, whether that’s sporting clubs or landcare initiatives,” he said.


“With such a wide range of projects across the Goldfields-Esperance region, there’ll be a large number of people who share the benefits of these grants.


“These organisations are led by outstanding people who go above and beyond to make their community a great place to live and I’m delighted that we can support their work through Stronger Communities.”


This is the third instalment of Stronger Communities under the Coalition Government, bringing the total investment in O’Connor to $450,000 since the programme began in 2015.


Grants are capped at a maximum of $20,000 and must be matched by either a cash or in-kind contribution.


A list of the successful projects is included below:

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group:  $20,000 to upgrade its facilities

The current kitchen within KBULG’s nursery compound will be upgraded and expanded. The upgrades will enable KBULG to cope with larger groups of that use and visit the facility. This will also enable greater community engagement as more meetings, conferences and functions will be able to be held at the nursery.

Grass Patch Community Development Association: $20,000 to restore the old Post Office

The restoration of the local post office building will enable a fully functioning Australia Post Office to operate and for other rooms to be restored and repurposed. The upgrades and restorations will create the opportunity for a local museum and community kitchen space.

Kambalda Men’s Shed: $10,000 to purchase equipment

The Kambalda Men’s Shed project includes the purchase of a planning/sanding machine and electrical fit-out of the shed. The fit-out and new equipment will enable the shed to be fully operable, providing members and the community with the opportunity to learn new skills in woodworking and metalwork. The purchase of the new equipment will enable members to manufacture potentially sellable goods which would enable the Men’s Shed to cover its operating costs and deliver a number of various community projects. Being a small community, the Men’s Shed also plans to partner with local school to provide senior students with the opportunity to learn basic woodworking skills, using the new equipment.

Coolgardie Men’s Shed: $10,000 for upgrades

The upgrades to the Coolgardie Men’s Shed will include installation of flooring for the workspace and meeting area and installation of a new staircase to replace old unsafe stairs. The activities that take place at the Men’s Shed are currently limited due to the poor condition of the shed, so these upgrades will enable more activities to take place and encourage more members to join. The upgrades will also improve the health and safety conditions of the space. The Men’s Shed also provides training opportunities to the local Goldfields Employment Training Group and this project will enable more training opportunities in a safer and more productive environment.

Boulder Promotion and Development Association: $11,250 to restore the Historical Precinct 

A steam shovel used in the construction of the railway 100 years ago will be restored and displayed to highlight the history and educate the community about the Trans-Australian Railway and the goldfields region. Appropriate signage of the equipment and a window display will also be constructed as part of this historical precinct project.


Kalgoorlie-Boulder Lotteries House: $3000 to buy a new smart board


The purchase of the modern meeting room equipment will enable the Lotteries House to provide efficient and user friendly spaces to the number of organisations, not-for-profit organisations and small community groups that use the venue.  Lotteries House provide low-cost office space to a number of service providers in the area, which is a great benefit to the community.

Eastern Goldfields Historical Society: $2500 archival equipment

The purchase of archival equipment and materials will mean that a large number of the EGHS’s historic collections will be stored properly, preserving the rich Goldfields history well into the future. The equipment will enable the collections to be organised and stored in a way that will make it easier for the community to access images and conduct research into the past.



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.