Five projects across Greater Geraldton will share in $500,000 under a State Government initiative to strengthen communities to better cope in times of emergency. The significant financial boosts have been distributed between projects from Geraldton to Walkaway and Mullewa. The old Walkaway hall upgrade project has been awarded $220,000, while the Mullewa daycare demolition and landscaping project will receive $150,000. The QEII Seniors and Community Centre will use its $25,000 to upgrade the kitchen, while $55,000 has been allocated to improve the kitchen in the Mullewa Town Hall. The kitchen renovations are being completed in order to function better as relief centres during times of crisis. A further $50,000 will be given to the Community Builders program, which seeks to identify, encourage and empower residents to be involved in building their community and economy. The funding is aimed at bolstering the City’s capacity to prepare and respond to future emergencies. City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Jerry Clune thanked the State Government for its support. “Scars from tropical cyclone Seroja which hit in 2021 are still visible throughout the Mid West and this generous funding will help to increase our readiness for future weather events,” he said. Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton presented the grant on behalf of the State Government and was enthusiastic about the funds being used for such significant projects. “This funding will also support the City of Greater Geraldton and the surrounding communities to build resilience and strengthen their response to any future weather events or natural disasters.” she said. The City will begin planning the commencement of works in coming months.