Funding For Goolagong Evacuation Centre

Written by: The Hilltops Phoenix

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An investment of $188,620 has been made to Gooloogong Public School to establish a community evacuation centre.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the project was being funded under the latest round of the Clubgrants Category 3 Infrastructure Program, which reinvests a contribution from the state’s registered clubs gaming machine profits, back into community projects.

“Bot as the local member, and in my previous role as the state’s Emergency Services Minister, I know all too well the importance of having locations set up where people feel safe and looked after in times of need,” Ms Cooke said.

“As we know, during flooding events, areas in and around Gooloogong are at risk of inundation, so it’s vital that we have the resources in place to ensure all residents are catered for should similar events unfold in the future.

“The $188,620 in funding will go towards the installation of a demountable building at Gooloogong Public School with a fully equipped kitchen, which can be used in conjunction with the school’s hall to provide a safe haven for locals.

“When not in use as an evacuation centre, the kitchen will also be utilised by students as a learning resource, making god use of the school’s vegetable garden.

“Of course flooding isn’t the only scenario requiring emergency response plans, with bushfires also a threat during the summer months, so ensuring the community is well prepared, and that locals all know their roles during a disaster, provides a level of reassurance to the community.”

Ms Cooke said that grants were funded through a rebate on the state’s registered clubs’ gaming machines.

“Clubgrants funding is available for projects across sport and recreation, emergency preparedness and arts and culture,” Ms Cooke said.

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