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Christmas comes early for community groups

SUCCESSFUL applicants in the Round One of South Gippsland Shire Council’s Community Grants Program for 2013/14 gathered at Council Chambers in Leongatha last Wednesday for the announcement of recipients and presentations of funding.

The figure of $150,500 will be distributed between 35 community groups throughout the shire, which include community, cultural and sporting facilities and organisations.

Grants received in Round One range from $1000 to $10,000 and will enable projects as varied as the installation of a new stove, to an electronic scoreboard, a kitchen upgrade and solar energy project to the aiding of a township beautification program and the construction of new sporting club change rooms and facilities.

South Gippsland Shire mayor Cr. Jim Fawcett said that over $2.5 million dollars in grants have been distributed in the last ten years and that Council is pleased to provide this opportunity to give back to the community and to thank them for their support.

Cr Fawcett, along with fellow councillors Moyra Davies, Jeanette Harding, Kieran Kennedy, Bob Newton, Don Hill and Andrew McEwen presented certificates to the successful applicants.

Amongst those successful in their grant applications was the Corner Inlet Men’s Shed Group, faring very well in receiving a $10,000 grant which will be used to provide a permanent facility for the group.

Foster Community Association was successful in its application for $9900 towards the Laneways of Foster – Township Beautification Project.

The hosting of Life Aquatic 2014 by Stockyard Gallery attracted a grant of $3000, as did Prom Coast Arts Council to aid in facilitating next year’s Great Southern Portrait Prize.

The 1st Foster Scout Group will be implementing a kitchen upgrade and interior painting of the Foster Scout Hall, thanks to a grant of $2500.

As part of the Small Equipment Program, U3A Prom Coast was granted $1500 for the purchase of new chairs for meeting and classes.

Funding of $4000 was received by the Toora Football Club for a new electronic scoreboard.

Friends of Toora Heritage Pear Orchard received $2000 to aid in the hosting of the third annual Pear/Pair Party.

The Terrill Park Section 86 Commitee will be implementing a number of projects including turf wicket cover repairs thanks to $10,000 worth of funding.

The Fish Creek Memorial Hall Committee received $6000 in relation to works required to the hall.

The Welshpool Golf Club received a ‘hole in one’, with $9400 worth of funding allocated for an update of the Club grounds.

The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard – Port Welshoool Flotilla received $1000 for seating for the Port Welshpool Coast Guard and $1500 towards the hosting of the Sea Days Festival which will take place from January 3 to 5.

Meeniyan Mechanics Institute received $10,000 for refurbishment of the Meeniyan Hall supper room and kitchenette.

The Venus Bay Community Centre received funding of $5940.

Leongatha and District Historical Society received funding of $1500 to install ceiling fans to improve the environment for volunteers and visitors.

The amount of $5000 was allocated to Leongatha Golf Club Inc. for a kitchen upgrade.

As part of the Small Equipment Program, $1000 was distributed to the Lions Club of Mirboo North, $2300 to the Mirboo North Cricket club and $1000 was distributed to the Loch-Nyora Pony Club.

Grants were also distributed to the following:

  • $2500 to the Mirboo North Arti Gras Sub-Committee;
  • $10,000 to Mirboo North Kindergarten;
  • $2200 to Strzelecki Lions Club;
  • $3300 to Gippsland Hills Group of Country Women’s Association (CWA) Vic. Inc.;
  • $3375 to Poowong Swimming Pool Advisory Committee;
  • $1400 to Poowong Amateur Basketball Association;
  • $1500 to the Tour De Tarwin Committee;
  • $4800 to the Nerrena Public Hall Reserve;
  • $4000 to the St. Laurence’s Parents & Friends group;
  • $1000 to Milpara Community House Children’s Garden;
  • $5000 to Korumburra Volleyball Inc,;
  • $1500 to Kongwak Public Hall Inc;
  • $1200 to Korumburra Croquet Club;
  • $10,000 to Outtriim Moyarra Kongwak Cricket Club;
  • $4500 to Outtrim Reserve Committee Inc.;
  • $4000 to Arawata Community Hall Association (ACHA).

In his closing address, Cr. Fawcett congratulated the successful applicants and announced that Round Two of the Community Grants Program is now open for applications, which must be received no later than March 31. For further details contact South Gippsland Shire Council on 5662 9200 or visit www. southgippsland.vic.org.au

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