The Chronicle: Oaks Estate grant for public toilets

Last year I asked Canberrans what they would do for the community if they were given $20,000, and the residents of Oaks Estate responded that they would build a toilet.

Public conveniences might seem a regular feature throughout most of Canberra, but in Oaks Estate there were none.

This meant that every time the community wanted to put on an event they had to hire a costly and cumbersome porta-loo.

A public toilet in the local park will allow the Oaks Estate community to hold more varied and frequent events. It will allow them to better use their local park and adjacent community gardens. A humble loo will be a catalyst for participation, cohesion and building a stronger community.

Through the Commonwealth Government’s Stronger Communities Grants, the Oaks Estate community received funding for a public toilet and work is currently underway to make this latrine-dream a reality.

These grants recognise that small infrastructure and capital works projects can transform communities.

Round two of the Stronger Communities Grants is now open, so I am once again calling on not-for-profit organisations to apply for grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to fund small capital works projects that improve community participation and contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of Canberra.

Organisations are required to match the funding in cash or in-kind on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis.

To apply you must be a community based not-for-profit organisation. You must also be a legal entity with a current Australian Business Number.

If you’re interested in applying please contact Madeleine in my office on 6293 1344. But hurry. Expressions of Interest must be received by COB Friday 8 March 2016.

Successful applications will then be assessed against the program guidelines by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development to ensure value for money.

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