New kitchen to complete Minnipa Hall upgrades

The Minnipa Progress Association has been named a recipient of a Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Tackling Tough Times Together grant.

The association has been funded $11,470 which will go towards a new kitchen at the Minnipa Hall.

The funding aims to reduce social isolation, build community connectivity and capacity, and support economic development through the replacement of the kitchen.

The Minnipa project is one six South Australian projects to be named a grant recipient and is joined by a grant for the Kimba Community Development Group.

Minnipa Progress Association treasurer Bruce Heddle said the grant was part of an overall upgrade, with about $40,000 worth of upgrade work going into the hall.

"We are very pleased to have received this funding," he said.

"We were fortunate enough to get money for painting and general refurbishment of the hall as part of the federal government's drought funding and the last upgrade job to do was the kitchen.

"The kitchen is 50 years old and not in good condition so this will freshen it up and the hall will be in the best state it has been for many years."

Mr Heddle said the hall was used frequently by local organisations, including a church group and to host table tennis matches, as well as functions such as weddings and birthdays.

He said this was a great opportunity to upgrade the kitchen, with the aim to have the work completed by the end of the year.

"We have purchased the kitchen appliances and work will begin soon," Mr Heddle said.

"We hope to have it all finished in the next three or four months."

FRRR chief executive officer Natalie Egleton said that despite some reasonable rain in some areas the drought was far from over, and there was a significant need right across the country.

"FRRR received more than 100 applications requesting over $4 million for funding in this round of the Tackling Tough Times Together program," she said.

"Most came from small, isolated rural communities that are really suffering as a result of the extended drought.

"When people don't have the money to spend in small towns, or just a few families move away, businesses become really vulnerable and communities struggle to survive as there are less people available to pitch in and help."

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the projects would make a difference for their community.

"These projects are helping drought-affected communities cope with the stress of the drought on families and businesses in rural communities while also contributing to the local economy and community infrastructure renewal," he said.