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Stronger Communities in the Great Southern!

Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP has announced three community groups in the Great Southern will share in $30,000 of Federal Government funding through the Stronger Communities Programme.


The 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:

$20,000 to fit out a new shed for Denmark Gymnastics

The fit-out for this new gymnastics space will include the installation of a dividing wall to convert half a shed into a gymnasium. Fit-out will also include the installation of a fire wall and bathroom and facilities to ensure the gymnasium complies with regulations. The fit-out will also include the installation of gym equipment, matting and floor coverings and wall/roof fixtures.

$7500 for the City of Albany to buy new equipment at Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre

This grant will go towards the installation of a children’s frog slide and water feature into the leisure pool at the Albany Aquatic Centre. This project is designed to engage young people in the age range of 3-10yrs in active water play. Currently there is no such feature or activity for this age group at the Aquatic Centre. This will encourage families with young children to use the community facilities and engage in an active lifestyle.

$2500 for play equipment and shade sails at the Albany PCYC

The upgrades to the out of school care play area will not only benefit the children that attend the after school and vacation care, but will also benefit the wider community as a number of groups also use the centre for  running community programs and activities, meeting and functions. The upgrades to the shade sails will ensure the PCYC centre is meeting the required duty of care to operate an out of school care centre which is used by a large number of families within the community.



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.