Federal government drought funding distributed to six projects in Ceduna district

Six projects around the Ceduna district have shared in a $1 million boost from the federal government's Drought Communities Program.

The projects included an upgrade of the Ceduna Memorial Hall to install air conditioning and improve kitchen facilities; replacing the Smoky Bay boat ramp; and upgrading public open spaces such as Thevenard's Hambidge Street triangle park, the Denial Bay playground and Ceduna swimming enclosure.

Footpaths were extended along the Ceduna foreshore and in Thevenard and Smoky Bay; a one-kilometre stretch of faulty pipeline was replaced in the Water West Scheme; and a portion of the money went towards Oysterfest.

In addition to the federal government grant, a total of $598,000 was spent on three of the projects.

The Ceduna Memorial Hall upgrade cost $245,000, while the total cost of upgrading the three public open spaces was $664,100.

Ceduna District Council chief executive officer Geoff Moffatt said each selected project fit the criteria for the funding.

"They were chosen because they would bring some benefit to the wider community, which was a key criteria, and they all had to be done fairly quickly by a certain date," he said.

"There was enough design or planning work in them so they could be started immediately and they were all things we had done planning for, but hadn't made the budget yet."

Mr Moffatt said some of the projects had been on the council's radar for quite some time and were upgrades the community had been asking for.

"For example, at Barry Beattie's funeral earlier this year at the hall when it was hot and there were a lot of people there, people were saying 'when will the council air condition the hall?'," he said.

"It doesn't get used too much these days because it is either too hot or too cold and it was something the community would have loved to be air conditioned, and we also had feedback about the kitchen being inadequate.

"The foreshore footpaths were part of the foreshore masterplan to go all the way to the Senior Citizens Village, and the Smoky Bay boat ramp was not in the best condition and was getting close to being closed."

He said there was a benefit to each of the projects.

"All of them in their own way will bring a sense of pride and ownership to the community," he said.

"They will improve the amenity of the town for people and it was a case of sharing the love around the district."

Ceduna was one of 19 councils across Grey to receive drought funding and Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey had a chance to inspect some of the projects this week.

"Primarily the funding keeps the tills ticking over in these districts," Mr Ramsey said.

"There are some very good public works, from expensive projects in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to a big range of small projects in sporting clubs or volunteer organisations.

"I've been around to see quite a few projects, and here in Ceduna the hall is looking good and I look forward to using the Smoky Bay boat ramp at some point."