A $150,000 GRANT will build a specialised farm at Terara to provide training and employment to disabled and disadvantaged people throughout the Shoalhaven.
Nowra disability support service Slice of Life Australia (SOLA) will be expanding the existing shed into a training facility and adding wheelchair access and a car park.
Managing director of SOLA Karen Anstiss said community support had been invaluable in keeping the seven-year project alive.
“People were calling us saying they’d seen the half-finished shed and asking how they could help,” she said.
“This grant allowed us to finally finish.”
SOLA has partnered with Waminda, a Shoalhaven-based Aboriginal women’s support group and will offer work experience and traineeships through Nowra High School.
South Coast MP Shelley Hancock announced the grant on Friday and said this project ticked all the boxes.
“It’s been a long time coming but it all came together,” Mrs Hancock said.
Fruit and vegetables will be grown, packed and sold to other SOLA operations, a general store in North Nowra and a catering service.
The farm is predicted to be completed by April next year.