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Communities right across Calare are living through one of the worst droughts in Australia’s history, and today the Wattle Flat community will receive a share of $1.2 million provided under the latest round of the Tacking Tough Times Together program. 

Federal Member Calare Andrew Gee said communities in Calare who received these grants were able to do so with the help of the $15 million provided by the Federal Government to not-for-profit Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).

“These grants will help to lift the spirits of townsfolk and local farmers alike by providing the financial means to undertake works and activities that support the short and longer term economic viability of these communities,” Mr Gee said.

“I’m delighted that the Wattle Flat Progress Association were successful in their application for $34,262 which will go towards restoring and increasing the water holding capacity of the public reservoir on the travelling stock reserve.

“The travelling stock reserve at Wattle Flat was built over 70 years ago and silting up has shrunk the capacity of the dam. Currently, the dam can hold 6.8ML, however with this grant it will be de-silted increasing storage capacity to 11ML.

“Once work is complete at the reservoir local volunteers will erect a fence and gates along with appropriate signage to enhance the safety of the reservoir area,” Mr Gee added.

During his visit to Wattle Flat, Mr Gee also announced that the Wattle Flat Heritage Lands Land Manager were successful under Round 4 of the Federal Government's Stronger Communities Programme.

“The Wattle Flat Heritage Lands Land Manager has received $15,920 towards a new Recreation Reserve,” Mr Gee added.

“This funding boost will enable foundation work to start at the Thompson Street site, with stage one of the project involving excavation, drainage and construction of the base surfaces.

"This will pave the way for a fitness track, playground, boule court and landscaping. Once complete, the Wattle Flat community will have a new space to come together and enjoy.”