Money flows for Whyalla groups

DONATION ACCEPTED: From left, Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation Chair Garry Downey, Whyalla Men's Shed Coordinator Gary Misan and Vice President Brian Cope.
DONATION ACCEPTED: From left, Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation Chair Garry Downey, Whyalla Men's Shed Coordinator Gary Misan and Vice President Brian Cope.

Community groups in Whyalla have been boosted by donations from the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation, a groupwhich distributes funds to worthy recipients across the region.

The Whyalla Men's Shed, Whyalla Road Safety Centre and SAPOL's Blue Light SA group are among those to benefit from the most recent round of grants.

Chairperson Garry Downey and Director Stephen Sikes visited the Men's Shed on Thursday to present the committee with funds for a new pizza oven.

Mr Downey said a sub-committee helped determine where best value could be achieved through the grants, and the three Whyalla groups were among the applicants for this year's funding.

The Whyalla Road Safety Centre have received $1500 to install improved flooring in their bike shed, and the Blue Light group will be purchasing a hot dog machine with a grant of $1000.

"We've found that we have never wasted a grant, it's never not made an improvement in the particular community," Mr Downey said.

"The value of a hot dog machine at the Blue Light disco can't be underestimated because it gives officers the opportunity to connect with young people."

The group's original pizza oven, which was used by members to bring their culinary creations to life, was stolen in July last year and was never recovered.

Fortunately the $500 donation will getting the men cooking again, much to the excitement of local Coordinator Gary Misan.

"The boys used to enjoy regular pizza lunches where we would invite their partners... we've just put our barbecue back in place and in the next week we'll purchase the pizza oven and be up and running again," he said.

The Men's Shed had previously benefited from the foundation, securing a small grant in 2014 to purchase fire extinguishes for their building.

"Any contribution is welcome and this will help us purchase the oven, which will be securing to the bench to help prevent it being stolen again," Mr Misan said.