Projects at Myponga, Milang and Strathalbyn have been voted by the public as worthy grant winners through the Fund My Neighbourhood program.
The Milang Lakeside Butter Factory restoration rescue was successful in securing $150,000 after 107 people voted for the project.
It is a joint project run by the Milang Butter Factory Committee and the Milang and District Community Association, and it will now proceed in the new year thanks to the people who voted for it.
Milang and District Community Association project officer Karyn Bradford said she was excited to see the restoration would go ahead.
“This will be a great boost to the project, enabling our community to restore and redevelop the Factory and Manager’s Cottage into a community arts, heritage and cultural precinct that will provide opportunities for local training, jobs and social enterprise,” she said.
Along with the butter factory project, the three other grant recipients were ‘Strathalbyn Senior Citizen's Building Project' and ‘Electrify the Chapel Theatre’ at Strathalbyn, and Myponga Community Centre’s Surrounds Drainage Plan.
‘Electrify the Chapel Theatre’ is a project to put solar panels on the community theatre; the senior citizens building will be expanded to co-locate the Strathalbyn Neighbourhood Centre; and the project at Myponga will see the implementation of drainage along the internal road into the complex and its surrounds.
The Chapel Theatre project was voted for 110 times, the senior citizen’s building received 104 votes, and Myponga’s project collected 102 votes.
Of the more than 200 winning ideas across South Australia, 49 were regional projects which totalled $4.311 million of the $20 million handed out.
About 33,000 people state-wide voted in the inaugural program, and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said regional residents “really championed” the initiative.
“The regional response to the Fund My Neighbourhood program has been incredibly impressive,” he said.
“From those who took the initiative and put their idea forward, to those who supported it and encouraged their neighbours to vote, this truly was a collective effort.
“Giving locals the power to decide where Government funding should be allocated demonstrates the importance of this new way of distributing public money.”
A second round of Fund My Neighbourhood will open in May 2018.
For more information about Fund My Neighbourhood and to view the statewide list of winners, visit www.fundmyneighbourhood.yoursay.sa.gov.au