Published on 17 March 2022
Three Indigo Shire halls will be upgraded to better equip rural communities to become more prepared for, and resilient to the impacts of drought.
Council has successfully secured $98,000 through the Federal Government’s Drought Resistance program to fund the upgrades through its Country Halls Connected for Farming Community Resilience Project.
Through the project, the Cornishtown, Stanley and Sandy Creek halls will all be upgraded to help enhance the range of social activities they offer and to make the halls places for professional gatherings, workshops and meetings in order to drive community action on drought resilience.
Key activities of the project include internet connection installation, portable AV equipment, installation of air conditioning to provide year round capacity and professionally facilitated one day workshops on drought resilience and climate change in each farming district, specific to their locality.
“By connecting the halls with the world through digital connectivity, the capacity to professionally network through online meetings, workshops and webinars is significantly increased.” Director of Community and Economic Development Mark Florence says.
Mr Florence says that the project will future proof the halls and their volunteer committees, so that community leadership and collective activity on climate change and drought resilience can continue.