A NEW multipurpose facility at Hildasid Farm opened its doors today, providing new and expanded social opportunities and meaningful lifestyle activities for Wagga Wagga residents with disabilities.

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development and Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack, who attended today’s opening, said the facility will deliver social services and economic benefits while engaging people with disabilities in agricultural activities.

“This project has already supported 17 ongoing jobs, with six of these vacancies being filled by people with disabilities,” Mr McCormack said.

“This will empower people with disabilities by providing the platform they need to develop new skills, socialise with other residents and unleash their potential.

“The new facility includes a fenced communal garden, extensive landscaping block, art space, technology room, kitchen and a residential building for the farm manager.”

The Australian Government invested $1.2 million in this project under the National Stronger Regions Fund, which has invested more than $611 million in infrastructure projects across Australia. This initiative focuses on strengthening Australia’s regions by improving their productivity, employment and workforce skills of regional Australians, while delivering a lasting economic benefit.

Kurrajong Waratah also contributed $1.55 million, Race Day Fund Raising Committee $150,000 and an anonymous donor $100,000.

Shane Manning