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Half a million for Lifeline

Thursday, 30th May, 2013

By Erica Visser

Two local projects have won a combined total of $570,000 in the latest round of Regional Development Australia (RDA) funding.

Broken Hill Lifeline received $500,000 to upgrade its buildings and create a Community Neighbourhood Centre, and the Central Darling Shire Council was successful in gaining $70,000 for Menindee to build a multipurpose centre for sport and other social activities.

RDA Far West CEO Michael Williams said that these were the only applicants to apply and it was great to have a “100 per cent” success rate.

“They’ve both been successful which is unbelievable for us,” he said.

“I congratulate the successful applicants and they can now go ahead with their projects which will prove very worthwhile to the community.”

Lifeline’s Scott Hammond said yesterday that the funding was a “big win” because it was in desperate need of expansion.

“We’re very excited. It’s a big win for Lifeline, our volunteers and our community,” he said.

“The project involves capital works at the Lifeline centre, which includes the facade to complete the heritage look.

“We will also open up our counselling rooms to make them bigger and the windows soundproof, add office space and storage space.

“Creating these additional office spaces will allow us to apply for further funding to provide additional services to meet the needs of the community.”

The money would also be spent on replacing the workshop hall at the rear of the centre.

“We need to give the centre more of a homely, comforting appeal to it,” Mr Hammond said.

“It’s a counselling and referral service so it’s important people feel comfortable.”

The charity had already raised $150,000 which will also be used for the upgrades.

Mr Hammond said it was expected that “90 per cent” of the work would be completed by the end of 2014.

“What this has done now is taken something that was a capital works project that would have taken five to six years to rollout and made it so we can have it out in the community within 18 months.”

RDA’s third round was focused on smaller projects, after past rounds saw organisations competing with multi-million dollar projects around the country.

Round four, which opened at the same time as Round three, has two local submissions including City Council’s film studios project. 

Winners of the major funding round will be notified within the coming months.

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