Drought Communities Programme – Extension projects

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During 2020, Gannawarra Shire Council rolled out a number of initiatives, activities, events and infrastructure projects supported by the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme – Extension.

Council was eligible to apply for $2 million in funding after the Federal Government classified Gannawarra Shire Council as a drought-declared municipality in September 2019.

Council announced in December 2019 the list of projects that would be supported by $1 million of funding, known as Stage 1, with these projects to be completed by 30 June 2020.

An announcement of projects that were supported by a further $1 million of funding, known as Stage 2, was made in May 2020, with these projects completed by 31 December 2020.

A full list of supported events and projects is summarised in this flyer(PDF, 3MB) and also listed below:


Stage 2

  • Benjeroop Hall/Museum extension


Stage 1
  • Cohuna Recreation Reserve entry improvements
  • Cohuna Recreation Reserve multi-use scoreboard
  • Cohuna Recreation Reserve cricket training grounds improvements
  • Events support

Stage 2

  • Installation of 15-amp power outlets at various locations for food vendors and events
  • Event on Gunbower Creek
  • Events support


Stage 1

  • Dingwall Hall restoration works


Stage 1
  • Enhancement works along the Kerang Regional parkrun course, including the installation of directional signage and picnic facilities
  • Fire services at the Kerang Museum and Kerang Lawn Tennis Club precinct

Stage 2

  • Permanent dance floor/games space at Atkinson Park
  • Installation of 15-amp power outlets throughout Atkinson Park
  • Purchase of kayak launching facilities and fishing platforms


Stage 1
  • Koondrook Historical Society church improvements
  • Senior Citizens Rooms kitchen upgrade
  • RV dump point installed at Koondrook Recreation Reserve

Stage 2

  • Koondrook RSL clubrooms accessibility improvements
  • Koondrook Recreation Reserve Pavilion upgrade

Lake Charm

Stage 1
  • Installation of exercise equipment
  • Walking track improvements
  • Lake Charm Memorial Hall kitchen renovations
  • Assessment of energy saving technology at Lake Charm Memorial Hall

Stage 2

  • Lake Charm Hall roof and spouting renewal works
  • Installation of shade sails over exercise pod

Lake Meran

Stage 2

  • Toilet upgrades


Stage 1
  • Town entry improvements
  • Addition of showers to public toilet block
  • Installation of solar panels on Lalbert Community Complex roof

Stage 2

  • Lalbert Cemetery grave identification signage


Stage 1
  • Leitchville Memorial Hall improvements
  • Recreation Reserve playground fencing

Stage 2

  • Leitchville Swimming Pool lighting improvements
  • Powered sites at RV Park


Stage 1
  • Improved gravel access at Macorna Recreation Reserve


Stage 1
  • Installation of raw water system to provide a non-potable water supply for key town precinct areas

Stage 2

  • Installation of solar panels at Murrabit Market Office
  • Installation of solar panels at Murrabit Recreation Reserve complex
  • Miss Keats Park upgrade


Stage 1

  • Replacement of Myall Hall pump shed
  • Installation of heating and cooling system in Myall Hall kitchen


Stage 1
  • Exterior building verandah repairs on community buildings
  • Outdoor exercise equipment
  • Assessment of energy saving technology at Quambatook Memorial Hall

Stage 2

  • Quambatook Memorial Hall revitalisation
  • Quambatook Caravan Park refurbishment


Stage 1
  • Tragowel Hall restoration works
  • Assessment of energy saving technology at Tragowel Hall

Shirewide initiatives

Stage 2

  • Energy audit implementation for non Council-owned buildings

Community resilience support

Stage 1
  • Agrisafe Program support
  • Community Resilience Grants Program support
  • Development of a localised leadership program
  • Event support - Kerang
  • Gannawarra Giving Account support
  • Kerang Exercise Pool defibrillator 
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Night Off the Farm 2020
  • Development of Reconciliation Week story time videos
  • Indigenous artwork
  • Student Leadership Forum
  • Tyipen Kwe (Northern District Community Health) support
  • Warra Warriors Youth Activities

Stage 2

  • Big Family Day Out
  • Children's Book Week activity
  • Community Resilience Grants Program support
  • Farmers Boot Camp
  • Fishing competitions and kayak events
  • Kerang Winter Festival
  • Theatre productions

Monthly updates

Please see below monthly project updates: