Community Infrastructure Projects - Drought Communities Fund

5th June 2020

Council have been fortunate to obtain significant funding through the Drought Communities Program administered by the Australia Federal Government for the second year running. The objective of this program is to support development of local infrastructure and other drought relief projects with a focus on outcomes leading to the employment of locals, contribute to the economic activity of the community and lead to the retention of businesses, services and facilities. This Program will deliver much needed upgrades to local community infrastructure and facilities, including the following.

Karoonda Institute Upgrade

The Karoonda Institute will be undergoing a substantial refurbishment. Restoration of the historic building will ensure the facilities can be well utilised by community groups for many years to come.

The initial plans made by council include an internal revamp of the supper room, kitchen, foyer, and toilet facilities. Externally, council are aiming to make the area between the Institute and Masonic Lodge a more cohesive, functional space for the community. As the objective of the refurbishment project is to provide an appealing, usable facility for community groups, it is imperative for Council to consult with relative parties and the wider community to gather feedback on the proposed plans.

The complete list of planned works to be completed are as follows:


Proposed Works


  • Paint Supper Room, Kitchen, Foyer, Canteen area and Youth rooms
  • Replace carpet & window coverings in Supper Room and youth rooms
  • Polish floorboards in Foyer
  • Replace entrance doors
  • Kitchen refurbishment including new appliances
  • Construction of accessible toilets
  • Connection of WIFI and CCTV


  • Replace fencing
  • Landscaping between Masonic   Lodge and Institute
  • Path from North Terrace – Peake   Street

Project Plans & Layout

Karoonda Institute Plans & Layout

Karoonda Cemetery

A project that has been identified as essential by many community members is the provision of a public toilet at the Karoonda Cemetery. Using the Drought Communities funding, council will facilitate the installation of a single unit, accessible toilet and a large storage shed, to be located West of the existing carpark. Please see site plan below for more details.

Karoonda Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park, our engaging historical village, will benefit from the connection of electricity to the grounds and installation of a public toilet. Pioneer Park is becoming a popular venue for community events and the provision of these essential facilities will ensure that the grounds continue to be utilised to its full capacity by locals and visitors alike.

Other Infrastructure Projects

The installation of a 6.6KW solar power system have been welcome additions at both the Wynarka Recreation Reserve and the Karoonda Golf Club. Installation was completed in April and will lead to a substantial decrease in ongoing running costs, which will be appreciated by each of these organisations.

Preliminary plans have been made for all projects outlined above and works are due to begin in July. Keep an eye out for progress updates!

Got Feedback?

All site/layout plans for community infrastructure projects available for review on the links below.

Please submit any feedback in writing to Council via by Friday 19th June 2020.