Funding to help secure future needs

This year has proven to be a windfall year for the Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre, with funding coming through at State and Federal levels to deliver the upgrades to the centre which have been 11 years in the making.

On July 9, a boost from the Federal Government got the project over the line when Regional Development Minister John McVeigh and Forrest MHR Nola Marino pledged $626,000 for the project through the second round of the Building Better Regions Fund.

“I’m happy to be getting behind communities that have done it tough but still have so much potential,” Dr McVeigh said during the announcement.

Mrs Marino said the cash injection was a much-needed boost for a community that had been forced to deal with extra cost and work as a result of the 2016 Waroona-Yarloop bushfires.

“This is wonderful news for the Harvey community. We have been working to deliver this project for many years and this funding is the final piece in the puzzle,” Ms Marino said.

Management committee president Craig Maughan said the upgraded facility would support the community’s needs for at least the next 20 years.

“This project is about the sporting and community groups that don’t have a home yet, but also for those clubs we haven’t even thought of yet, ” Mr Maughan said.

Yet many would agree that without the community support from the beginning the project would not have got off the ground.

“This project began in 2007 and people have been generous with their time, as well as the community contributing $60,000 to the project as well, ” Harvey shire president Tania Jackson said.

Source: Harvey-Waroona Reporter.