Funding Success for Migrant Agriculture Program
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
A Toowoomba based Migrant Agriculture Program run by Mercy Community will receive $20,000 from the Federal Coalition Government to expand its activities and further support newly arrived migrants and refugees in our community.
Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh joined representatives of Mercy Community at its South Street site today to announce funding from Round 4 of the Coalition Government’s Stronger Communities Program.
“Under this exciting program, Mercy Community’s Cultural Diversity Hub will collaborate with social enterprise the Mulberry Project to develop its Rangeville community garden site as an agriculture and food based employment pathways initiative,” Dr McVeigh said.
“Funding will be used to help install Water Saver Wicking Gardens which are easy to maintain because of the wicking system, which means plants only take up water as needed, so no plant is ever over-watered or not watered enough.
“This exciting transition will help educate newly arrived families about water conservation, irrigation and agriculture in Australia,” he said.
Dr McVeigh said interested gardeners from the region are encouraged to learn from the project.
“Participants in the Migrant Agriculture Program will also provide Water Wise workshops to the public and the new irrigation system will be open to the public through guided tours,” he said.
Dr McVeigh said the Stronger Communities program provided much-needed support for local community organisations across the country.
“I am very proud to be able to support organisations in the Groom electorate like Mercy Community. This organisation works tirelessly to support many people in our community and makes an important contribution to community life.”
More information about the Stronger Communities Programme can be found at: https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/stronger-communities-programme
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