Roos given extra skip in their step

PLENTY TO SMILE ABOUT: West Gambier's Robin White, Brett Carson and Sharon White are joined by Member for Barker Tony Pasin and West Gambier football president Shane Giddings as the club is presented a cheque for $20,000 last week. Picture: Submitted

THE West Gambier Football Club has received funding to upgrade its barbeque shed facility.

A cheque for $20,000 was presented to the club last week as part of the government’s Stronger Communities Program.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said Round 7 of the program is aimed at funding projects which deliver social and economic benefits and form part of the Coalition Government’s continuing commitment to strengthen local communities across Australia.

“Community sporting organisations are so important to the fabric of regional communities,” he said.

“The Stronger Communities Program is about strengthening those local organisations to ensure they remain vibrant and sustainable into the future.

“We know this is needed more than ever after the challenges of the last two years, so I am pleased the Federal Government is continuing to support local organisations and their communities.”

The upgrade will involve an extension to the barbeque building, which will allow West to accommodate more patrons on game days.

“Sporting groups, like the West Gambier Football Club contribute so much to our local community, making them better places to live, work and raise a family,” Pasin said.

West Gambier Football Club president Shane Giddings said the grant provides a foundation for the club’s continued growth.

“As a community club the support of our local member and Government is vital for our survival,” he said.

“This grant will be updating our barbeque shed to accommodate more patrons during the winter months.

“Thanks to Tony and the government we have the opportunity to start building a bigger and better club.”