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Footy club kitchen set for a makeover

Thursday, 12th April, 2012

MOST WELCOME: Central Football Club president Kelly Dart in the kitchen that will be refurbished with the help of a grant from the State Government. MOST WELCOME: Central Football Club president Kelly Dart in the kitchen that will be refurbished with the help of a grant from the State Government.

 By Emily Roberts

The Central Football Club has been given more than $16,000 by the State Government to upgrade its kitchen.

The club was one of four local groups to receive money for community projects under the Government’s Community Building Partnership program.

The Central Football Club received $16,727 and Silverlea Early Childhood Services Inc $25,000 for building modifications and upgrades.

The BH Branch of the Australian Stock Horse Society also won funding to erect a new multi-purpose building at the Little Topar camp draft ground and the Alma Public School P and C received a grant to put in water tanks. 

In White Cliffs the Central Darling Arts Association got money to refurbish the community hall.

President of the Central Football Club, Kelly Dart, said the club applied for funding because the kitchen was looking a little worn.

“It was rebuilt after a fire over 21 years ago and hasn’t been upgraded since,” Mrs Dart said. “We are in dire need of an upgrade.”

That will include new cookers and an ice machine.

“Everything will be done in stainless steel which will be easier to keep clean,” Mrs Dart said. “It will keep the kitchen going for another 20 years, if not more.”

She said the club will contribute money towards the upgrade but the funding will cover 95 per cent of it.

“We will start working on it as soon as the (football) season has finished.”

Mrs Dart thanked the State Government and local MP John Williams for the opportunity to receive the funding.

“It’s the first grant we have received since the fire.

“It’s a positive step forward for the club and its members.”

Mr Williams said it wasn’t just the recipients of the funding that would benefit.

“Local construction and trades jobs and local businesses stand to benefit from the activity as community infrastructure is built, refurbish or enhanced,” he said.

“There was strong competition for the available funds and a high level of interest throughout the Murray-Darling communities and almost 3,000 applications were received across the State.”

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