Council successful in $1.6 million grant!
SUCCESS IN GAINING A $1.6 MILLION GRANT FOLLWING THE 2020 FOOCHOW FIRE
The Commonwealth Government offered grants for municipalities that were affected by the 2019/2020 bushfires. Flinders Municipality was eligible based on the Foochow fire in 2020. Recently Council received the news that its submission was successful to the sum of $1.6 million. Below is what the funding will be used for. The work will make all three halls and sites useful for several additional functions than at present.
PROJECT 1 - UPGRADE OF THE FURNEAUX ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE - FAEC (RECOVERY CENTRE) WITH A COMMERCIAL KITCHEN AND EMERGENCY POWER SUPPLY.
The Furneaux Arts and Entertainment Centre (FAEC) is an important multipurpose venue for community meetings, activities, events and is the Islands’ registered Recovery Centre. The FAEC will provide a safe haven in the event of emergency. The project covers improved facility upgrades via extension of existing infrastructure including installation of a commercial kitchen, meeting room, storage area and 3 phase diesel generator. The centre can also be used for a community communication centre.
PROJECT 2 – OFF GRID MOBILE STAGING AREA / INFORMATION HUB FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE.
A Mobile Shipping Container for temporary location of emergency response resources.
The project is for the purchase of an ‘off grid’ staging area which can be easily deployed to an affected area in the event of an emergency and used as a respite / staging area / office / information centre.
PROJECT 3 - UPGRADE OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES AT EMITA HALL & HOLLOWAY PARK.
There will be an infrastructure upgrade to Emita Hall and Holloway Park for community and tourism recreational use. This will improve recreational and camping facilities at each location.
PROJECT 4 -EMERGENCY SERVICES BASE PROJECT - EMITA HALL & HOLLOWAY PARK
This project includes a collaborative venture with Tas Fire for the construction of a 3-bay shed at each location to house emergency response vehicles, equipment and training rooms.