No, this story isn’t about a clandestine operation to enhance our knowledge about our precious water resources….but it will certainly provide greater comfort for those who do!

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) – a not-for- profit organisation that draws on investment from government, business and philanthropy to make improvements in regional and rural Australia – has just announced a grant of $17,775 to undertake Stage 1 of the Undercover
Learning and Discovery project at the Y Water Discovery Centre.

Stage 1 involves the architectural design and construction of a roof over the Centre’s rear deck to provide greater protection to students and adult groups participating in environmental and cultural learning programs.

Local architect, Ian Sichlau together with structural engineer, Ric Stubbing both generously donatedntheir professional services, designing the new roof line to keep out inclement weather without diminishing the light, outlook and ambience from inside the Centre. The work undertaken by Ian and Ric has meant the FRRR grant can be used to purchase the necessary materials and local contractors to build the roof.

The Centre’s Executive Committee will now endeavour to seek State or Federal Government grants to fund Stage 2, the addition of a new $100,000 Environmental Learning Room to cater for school and tour groups.

YWDC Chairman, David Anderson said “The FRRR grant is a great boost for the Centre and its focus on water. It will help us to better accommodate the 30,000 visitors and growing number of school groups who will visit the Centre in 2018. In doing so, it will help contribute to a wider recognition of Yea as a great tourist destination and place of interest.”

For further information on the Y Water Discovery Centre visit or call 5797 2663.

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