A unique industry program is expected to inject extra funds into the Freeling Agricultural Multipurpose Centre, currently being constructed between the town oval and Hansen Street.
The $4.8 million centre, to provide “critical economic growth” to the town, will support sporting bodies and community groups.
Landmark Gawler will further assist the centre by way of donating funds towards a meeting area.
“The men and women of Freeling were devastated two years ago with the Pinery bush fire, which destroyed farms, equipment and livestock,” Landmark Gawler branch manager Karyn Reynolds said.
“We want to provide a meeting room in the new Ag community centre – similar to a men’s shed – where they can all get together to talk about their feelings and how they are coping.”
Funds are currently being raised by the Gawler team through the donation of $60 from the sale of select herbicide product packs sold.
They aim to collectively raise $6000 by the end of September.
Landmark Gawler is one of 24 rural supply stores in Australia to be successful in Bayer’s Grow4Good $100,000 initiative which assists community causes that help change rural lives for the better.
To be considered for inclusion in the program, Bayer urged Landmark agents to submit a proposal to receive a grant for their cause.
“We are really grateful to the Grow4Good program for helping us provide the support our people need,” Ms Reynolds said.
Meanwhile, the Freeling centre is expected to include a main trade’s hall, training and meeting rooms for community use, toilets and showers, kitchen and store room, creche room, equipment and change rooms for sport.
The upgrade will also include car parking and landscaping.
Work is expected to be completed by April, in time for the 2019 football season.