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RAA grants $50,000 to boost safety in regional communities

Wednesday, 13th Mar 2019

Twelve South Australian community organisations have been awarded RAA Regional Safety Grants to help them fund critical projects that will improve the safety and wellbeing of local communities.

Among the grant recipients are seven Country Fire Service brigades, which will now be able to purchase crucial firefighting, rescue and first-aid equipment to enhance the level of service they are able to provide to their respective communities.

Other grant recipients include Centacare, which received funding to boost suicide intervention support in drought-affected regions throughout the Eyre Peninsula, Mid North and Far North, while Renmark West Primary received funding to install new security cameras on school grounds.

RAA spokesperson, Amanda Trainor said 50 applications were received from regional community groups for this year’s RAA Regional Safety Grants, which provide much-needed support to small communities.

“It can be really difficult for small communities in country areas to raise money for important projects, which is why RAA’s Regional Safety Grants are so important,” Ms Trainor said.

“RAA is pleased to be able to provide $50,000 worth of grants to 12 worthy causes across the state this year, which all share a common goal of keeping South Australians safe.”


Full List of 2018/19 RAA Regional Safety Grants

  • Big Swamp Community Centre Incorporated (Eyre Peninsula) - $5,503 to help develop a central meeting point for the local community to take refuge in during times of bushfire and farm evacuations, including a water storage tank and firefighting pump.
  • Bute CFS Brigade (Northern Yorke Peninsula) - $1,441 to purchase lighting equipment to stow on the Brigade’s vehicle to assist with rescue operations at night.
  • Centacare Catholic Country SA Limited (Eyre Peninsula, Mid & Far North) - $8,200 to help fund the Fields of Strength project, which has been designed to boost suicide intervention support in drought-affected communities.
  • Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club - $1,939 to purchase a GPS enabled chart plotter for the Club’s main safety boat, which is used to run all of its races throughout the year.
  • Hardwicke Bay Progress Association (Lower Yorke Peninsula) - $5,000 to build safety fencing around Progress Park in Hardwicke Bay, which is in the process of being upgraded for local families and visitors.
  • Kingsley CFS Group (South East) - $841.50 to update a large wall map in the communications room of the Group’s base station at Port MacDonnell to help with the timely dispatch of brigade resources.
  • Monash CFS Chaffey Group (Riverland) - $4,400 to purchase an Oxy-Viva 3 Resuscitator machine, which provides resuscitation, suction and oxygen therapy in emergency situations.
  • Northern Barossa CFS Group (Truro Brigade) - $2,969.85 to purchase a defibrillator for the Group’s quick response vehicle.
  • Renmark West Primary School (Riverland) - $1,606.10 to install security cameras around the school grounds to help protect students, staff and facilities.
  • Rockleigh CFS Support Group (Adelaide Hills) - $7,550 to double the Group’s current 22,000-litre water capacity to fight fires in the region.
  • SA CFS Millicent Brigade (South East) - $5,500 to purchase first-aid training equipment including an advanced CPR mannequin and defibrillator to provide lifesaving services to the local community.
  • Williamstown CFS (Adelaide Hills/Barossa Valley) - $4,968.29 to purchase a pedal cutter to help extract trapped vehicle occupants following road crashes.
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