Tarana Rural Fire Service has been awarded a $2675 grant to assist with landscaping around the Tarana volunteer bushfire brigade shed.
Federal member for Calare, Andrew Gee was delighted to announce the group had been successful in round three of the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme on Thursday, August 2.
“The funding will go towards landscaping improvements around the brigade shed and help to beautify the area by planting a range of shrubs and trees,” Mr Gee said.
After having to scrap the original plans, Tarana community farmers markets coordinator Lynne Webb said that they were looking at low trees.
“We are currently looking at low trees such as Himalayan strawberries which grow to 10 metres and Canadian Maple trees which would provide a nice aspect,” Mrs Webb said.
The largely bare area is used as an emergency evacuation point and as a place for helicopters to land as well as a place to host the monthly farmers markets.
“We are also hoping to add public toilets and a picnic table as the only toilets available are ones attached to the brigade shed or at the local pub,” she said.
The Tarana community farmers markets have taken off with hundreds attending every month, and over 50 stall holders, making the funding beneficial to them.
“Hopefully if we beautify the area we can continue to grow the markets and make them bigger and better each month,” secretary of the markets committee Fay Shaw said.
The markets have tripled in size since the women first began, and now they invite educational demonstrators to the event.
“We have had the rural crime squad come out, a village blacksmith, sheep shearers and this month we have a lady coming out to talk about native bees,” she said.
All the money that the markets make goes back into the fire brigade.
“Previously we have bought them a thermal imaging camera,” Mrs Webb said.
Mr Gee said he hoped this grant helped beautify what was a great public space with terrific potential.