How South Australian communities benefited from our Community Grants in 2018

Great Aussie Walks

With assistance from the Community Grants program, residents near our Hallett Power Station site in South Australia now have access to revamped community facilities, better-equipped walking trails and more.

As we prepare to award another round of funding, we look back at some of the projects from 2018 that have improved educational outcomes and boosted social inclusion in the Jamestown, Hallett and Peterborough communities.

A youth centre that welcomes everyone
“We did lots of work on the inside of the centre when it re-opened in 2016,” says Peterborough Youth Centre co-ordinator Nicole Lewis. “So the idea now is to rejuvenate the centre from ”Outside In” and make it welcoming and accessible to everyone.”

The centre now boasts a permanent concrete ramp, providing access for elderly residents and people with disabilities (both young and old) who attend activities ranging from community group meetings to TAFE training courses.

In addition to the ramp, a host of exterior improvements will make the centre look more inviting. “We’ve done some painting on the outside,” Lewis says. “We’ve also redone a couple of garden beds and installed some custom mural panels. Some brand-new youth-friendly signage is being created, too” Lewis says.

Lewis says the ramp will have an immediate impact. “One of our volunteers is actually in a wheelchair, so currently there needs to be another volunteer here in order to push him up the steps get him into the building,” she explains.


Improvements along scenic trail

Every year, thousands of walkers from across Australia and around the world hike the 1200km Heysen Trail, which extends from Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges. Along the way, walkers pass through diverse South Australian landscapes, from bushland and pine forests to gorges and coastline, as well as the farm country in the state’s mid-north, near Hallett.

In 2018, two separate local groups used Community Grants to make the Hallett section of the trail even more appealing to walkers. The Hallett Historical Society created two information boards detailing the History of the Hallett Township and the life story of famous explorer, Sir Hubert Wilkins erected inside of the Hallett Railway Station Hut.
The Friends of the Heysen Trail additionally used their Community Grant to upgrade two overnight rest Huts including the Hallett Railway Station Hut nearby rest points by installing stainless steel sinks, giving walkers, travellers and locals better access to clean drinking water.

The groups hope these new features will encourage more locals to walk their section of the trail in 2019 while also convincing walkers from farther afield to explore the area or plan a return visit, leading to a boost in the local economy.

Repairing a multi-purpose community resource

The community hall at the Jamestown RSL is one of the busiest venues in town: the four organisations that share ownership of the space (the RSL, CWA, Apex and Lions Club) all use it regularly, both for their fortnightly or monthly meetings and for dinner functions throughout the year.  

What’s more, other local groups use it for quilting workshops, hip-hop dance classes and concerts. “It’s used just about every day,” says Lions Club and RSL member Jim Best.

But in recent years, the hall has begun to show signs of wear and tear. So, in 2018, the organisations – known collectively as the Combined Services – applied for and received a Community Grant, with which they intend to give the entire hall a fresh coat of paint. 

Best says the Community Grant helped the group undertake the sorely needed work without having to charge additional fees to community groups – a win for everyone in Jamestown.

Applications for EnergyAustralia’s 2019 Community Grants will be accepted between 1 to 31 May 2019. Visit for more information.

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