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Stronger Communities in the Wheatbelt!

Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP has announced five organisations in the Wheatbelt will share in $29,155 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:


$7555 to the Shire of Williams to install solar panels at the CRC


The purchase and installation of two solar panels for the Williams Community Resource Centre and Childcare Centre will reduce operating costs for both community groups which will indirectly benefit the wider community as these funds will be used on other projects, upgrades and services.


$7500 to Lake Yealering Bowling Club to erect new shades over the bowling green


New colourbond shade structure will replace old shade cloth to provide protection against the sun in summer and the rain in winter. The upgrade will enhance the club facilities, attract more members and visitors and provide a duty of care to community members. The bowling club is used by a number of community groups, so the new shade structure will enable year round use of the facilities.

$6000 to the Shire of West Arthur for a nature play area in Darkan

The completion of the Darkan nature playground will include BMX track and pump track, shelters, picnic and BBQ facilities, interpretive signage for native garden and children’s play equipment including hand water pump and rope balance structure.

$4100 to upgrade the Pingelly SES headquarters

The upgrades to the existing SES shed will include the installation of a new carport extension that will provide a larger, safer training area for SES and DFES volunteers. This project will provide a much needed, un-obstructed training space for the SES and DFES volunteer firefighters in Pingelly and the surrounding areas.


$4000 for new shading at the Williams Bowling Club


Two new shade structures will be built to replace the unsuitable existing structure and protect members, players and spectators from the elements. This project will ensure that the Williams Bowling Club provides a duty of care to members, players and spectators by protecting them from the summer conditions. The installation of the shade structure will be the final upgrade to the bowling club and encourage more members, visitors and other community groups to use the facilities.



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.