Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund Recipients Focus on Health and Safety

29 June 2011

“It is really encouraging to see local community groups leading the way in implementing initiatives that address health and safety,” said Mr Lane Crockett, Pacific Hydro’s General Manager for Australia.

“14 noteworthy programs have shared in the $50,000 pool of funding this year,” said Mr Crockett who was in Port Broughton to meet with successful community applicants at the Sustainable Communities Fund presentation ceremony. (June 29).

Health and safety programs that will be implemented include essential repairs to the Mundorra Bowling Club’s veranda by re-levelling, tiling and installing disabled access, and installing outdoor shade sales at the community owned Crystal Brook Retirement Village to protect residents, staff and visitors from the sun.

“Other successful recipients cover a broad range of programs and include purchasing an energy efficient ride on mower for the Redhill Development Board which will save time and labour of volunteers and increase the usage of the oval; preserving the history of sport at Wandearah and installing a vegetable garden at the Crystal Brook Primary School,” said Mr Crockett.

Each year for the operating life of the Clements Gap Wind Farm, $50,000 is made available to local community groups through the company’s Sustainable Communities Fund.

“It’s always difficult to short list applicants when there are so many worthy applications,” said Mr Crockett. “We received 37 applications highlighting the fantastic work being undertaken by community organisations. It’s just unfortunate we were not able to fund them all.”

This year’s funding has been shared between groups working in Mundoora, Wandearah, Redhill, Port Broughton, Fisherman’s Bay and Crystal Brook.

“We congratulate the community groups who have received funding and extend our thanks to the Port Pirie and Barunga West Regional councils, Progress Associations and community members who have assisted us in reviewing applications. Their help has been instrumental in identifying local priorities,” said Mr Crockett.

The Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund supports community activities taking place within local areas surrounding the wind farm. The Fund covers environmental, health, sporting, cultural and educational projects and is available each year for the life of the wind farm’s operation.