Voting has opened for the state government’s Fund My Neighbourhood fund, with more than 20 projects across the West Coast.
The project ideas are aimed at upgrading infrastructure and creating projects that enhance services for local communities, ranging from upgrading the Fowlers Bay town hall to the creation of a dog park at Streaky Bay and a Yaninee Sports Club playground and sandpit project.
Save the Children’s regional coordinator in Ceduna Breony Carbines has submitted the Together2learn project idea aimed at early intervention crime prevention and social inclusion for children aged eight to 12.
She said services in this area were lacking.
“The project is about addressing a gap in activities for young people in Ceduna – there are no activities aside from sport and private recreational activities,” she said.
“When a child feels part of the community they are less likely to start getting into trouble.
“This will support families who may not know where to turn when a child is not tracking too well at school or getting in trouble with the police and it is giving young people an opportunity to build relationships which can turn their life around.”
Ms Carbines said it would create happier families and a safer community.
The Save the Children-led project is expected to cost $88,182 and would be based on weekly, interest-based mentoring activities with an experienced staff member who could work with the child, help work out their goals and interests and provide activities, all the while linking with services such as the Ceduna Youth Hub.
There would also be a staff member who could support the families and provide advice.
Ms Carbines said the activities could range from fishing to arts, sports and assistance with homework, but importantly it was to be child-led.
She said the age bracket was a crucial one for children’s development.
“We have existing staff who could pick up the work, we have infrastructure in place, so the money supports the majority of staff costs and project activity costing.
“The ages of 8-12 is an important period in what is a big time of change in a child’s life, a time when they are finishing primary school and moving to secondary school, there are also hormonal and emotional changes that can be challenging for young people and their families.”
She said it had the potential for a positive long-term impact.
Voters must register online and can only vote for three to five projects from at least 30 projects in a five-kilometre radius of their address but in regional areas, the radius will be increased to include 30 projects.
Voting closes 5pm on Monday, November 20.
Survey your neighbourhood at: https://fundmyneighbourhood.yoursay.sa.gov.au/rounds/fund-my-neighbourhood-2017/ideas/map
West Coast Projects
- Coastal Connect
- Together2learn – mentoring and family support
- Land, sea and me!!
- Indigenous heritage displays
- Ceduna Youth Hub outdoor recreation space
- Exercise equipment for Pinky Point walking trail
- Denial Bay playground shelter, seating and barbecue
- Fowlers Bay town hall upgrade
- Solar lighting for Fowlers Bay foreshore
- Smoky Bay old school repairs and upgrade
- Wirrulla dance group
- ‘Wilurara’ in Streaky Bay: More than a silo art project!
- Carol J boat restoration
- Pumpin’ Streaky Bay
- Bus for connection to country trips
- Streaky Bay splash park at Doctors Beach
- Streaky Bay dog park
- Oval precinct playground shade and lighting
- Streaky Bay community gym
- Venus Bay playground shade and pathway to beach
- Yaninee Sports Club playground and sandpit project
- Wudinna Kindy Nature Play space development
- Warramboo Hall renovation - Working together, building a strong community