Mary Valley STRONGER COMMUNITIES PROGRAMME GRANTS ANNOUNCED!

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New signage to cater to the Kenilworth Showground’s increasing popularity with tourists will be installed thanks to a federal grant.

The Kenilworth Hall, Show and Recreation Grounds Association is one of two Mary Valley groups receiving an early Christmas present from the Government’s Stronger Communities Program.

Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien said 20 community groups across his electorate were sharing $150,000 in grants to improve or install facilities and buy much needed equipment.

“The Mary Valley alone has received $5,500 towards local projects, including the old Gheerulla Hall which can continue being brought back to life with a $3,000 grant for the purchase of new chairs,” Mr O’Brien said.

Kenilworth showgrounds committee member Vanessa Paulger said the camping facility was extremely popular with travelers but was also being booked more for events such as the Ukulele Festival.

Ms Paulger said the $2,500 grant would help pay for new signs for entrances, toilets and showers.

Mr O’Brien said the Stronger Communities grants – totalling $22.5 million across Australia – funded projects that encouraged participation and contributed to vibrant neighbourhoods.

“The Kenilworth Showgrounds are important for tourism in the small township and new signage will enable more people to easily find their favourite camping facility,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We can’t underestimate the importance of signage in tourism-based economies.”

“Kenilworth is a popular weekend escape but generally speaking, small operators and community groups don’t have the budgets to undertake their own projects and for these the Federal Government has proudly contributed,” Mr O’Brien said.

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