Drought Communities Programme – Extension projects


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

Council is 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 will be supported by a further $1 million of funding, known as Stage 2, will be made in early 2020. These projects need to be completed by 31 December 2020.

A full list of supported events and projects is listed below:


  • Cohuna Recreation Reserve entry improvements
  • Cohuna Recreation Reserve multi-use scoreboard
  • Events support


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


  • Koondrook Historical Society church improvements
  • Senior Citizens Rooms kitchen upgrade
  • RV dump point

Lake Charm

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


  • Town entry improvements
  • Addition of showers to public toilet block


  • Leitchville Memorial Hall improvements
  • Recreation Reserve playground fencing


  • Improved gravel access at Macorna Recreation Reserve


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


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


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

Community resilience support

  • Agrisafe Program support
  • Community Resilience Grants Program support
  • Development of a localised leadership program
  • Festival support - Kerang
  • Gannawarra Giving Account support
  • I See You Like This artist residency 
  • Kerang Exercise Pool defibrillator 
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Night Off the Farm 2020
  • Reconciliation Week events at Cohuna, Kerang and Koondrook
  • Rhythm and Voice
  • Student Leadership Forum
  • Tyipen Kwe (Northern District Community Health) support
  • Warra Warriors Youth Activities

Monthly updates

Please see below monthly project updates: