RAC Reconnect WA program helps fund community projects in Carnamah, Meekatharra and Morawa

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The Morawa main street will be enhanced with pedestrian crossings and art murals.
Camera IconThe Morawa main street will be enhanced with pedestrian crossings and art murals. Credit: Stephen Scourfield/The West Australian

Three Mid West shires have secured funding to create play areas, enhance main streets and transform underutlised spaces as part of RAC’s latest round of its Reconnect WA initiative.

The shires of Carnamah, Meekatharra and Morawa are among 10 councils to share in $780,00 of funding.

In Carnamah, the funds will go towards a nature play area with a centrepiece to represent First Nations groups in the youth space on the town’s main street, which is being developed with Carnamah’s youth.

The Shire of Meekatharra will use its money to enhance its main street with better pedestrian crossings and pavement art murals designed by local Indigenous artists.

The project in Morawa is a gathering place for residents and visitors, which would transform an underutilised space with Indigenous design, recycled and natural materials and public art.

The Reconnect WA program is now in its third year and has provided nearly $2.7 million to local governments across WA to deliver projects to create vibrant streets and public spaces.

RAC Group executive social and community impact Patrick Walker said the RAC was proud to support projects which changed the look and feel of streets and public spaces.

“We’re excited to play a part in bringing vibrancy and energy back to our communities and creating inviting places for Western Australians to interact and connect,” Mr Walker said.

“By trialling ways of using our streets and outdoor public spaces for people to safely come together, these projects will help lay the foundations for longer term changes that support RAC’s vision for a safer, sustainable and connected WA.”

RAC members helped pick the latest funding recipients by voting for their favourite project.

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