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$128,845 in Community Grants awarded

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council handed out grants to the successful applicants for Round One of the 2019/20 Community Grants Program last Wednesday night. 

CEO Brian Sword started proceedings by welcoming everyone to the evening before Administrator Julie Eisenbise briefly spoke about how she had the best job going around to hand out the grants to local organisations from across the whole shire.  She thanked all the local committees and organisations who do all the hard yards for the many festivals and events across the shire and also where they use the grants for upgrades and new equipment.

Administrators Christian Zahra and Rick Brown were apologies for the evening.

Shire Community Strengthening co-ordinator Ned Dennis was MC for the night and he let everyone know who the receiving organisations were and what the grant money was being used for.

Twenty five successful applicants were acknowledged at a ceremony where $128,845 was awarded. This contribution will support community projects which have a total project value of $612,000. 

Successful applicants were awarded under the categories of Developing Community Assets, Building Community Capacity, Strengthening Community Sport and Creating Community Culture. 

The passion and dedication of community groups in South Gippsland was recognised by the South Gippsland Shire Chief Administrator, Ms Julie Eisenbise. 

“Congratulations are in order for our successful applicants from Round One of the Community Grants Program 2019/20. It truly is wonderful to celebrate with community groups who are hardworking and continue to develop projects that benefit our region. 

“With grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, the Community Grants program is still one of the most direct ways Council can support the community by recognising the importance and need for these community groups and volunteers. 

“I cannot wait to hear how these projects develop and what impact they will make on South Gippsland. I will certainly be keeping my eye out for them!” said Ms Eisenbise. 

Round Two of the Community Grants Program for 2019/20 will open on  January 1 with applications accepted until  March 31, 2020. For more information please contact Council’s Community Strengthening Team on 5662 9200.

Successful applicants

Community Assets 

  • Buffalo Community Centre, facility upgrade $4,500 
  • Korumburra & District Agricultural Society Inc., Exhibition Pavilion Resurface $4,000 
  • Strzelecki Public Hall, facility maintenance  $8,000 
  • Leongatha Girl Guides,  facility maintenance $7,000 
  • 2nd Korumburra Scout Group, hall heating/cooling  $5,000
  • Korumburra Showgrounds, repair complex  $2,000 
  • Leongatha Senior Citizens, equipment renewal  $3,000 
  • Middle Tarwin Hall, repair/renovate/renew $10,000 

Community Capacity 

  • Welshpool & District Advisory, security update $1,045 
  • International Women’s Day, Girls of Our Town $1,300 
  • Australian Volunteer Coastguard, facility upgrade – business plan  $8,000 
  • Community Sport 
  • Leongatha Table Tennis Inc., replace west wall $5,000 
  • MDU Cricket Club Inc., new practice nets $6,000 
  • Korumburra Tennis Club , Hot Shots program $5,000 
  • Poowong/Loch Cricket Club, new cricket wicket $4,200 
  • Mirboo North Cricket Club, purchase turf roller $8,000 
  • Meeniyan Bowling Club Inc., bathroom upgrades  $8,000 
  • Toora Bowls Club Inc., new sun shelters $4,000 

Community Culture 

  • Carols in the Drome, Carols in the Drome 2019 $4,000 
  • Foster Community, Foster 150th celebrations $7,000 
  • 2020 Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival, Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival $2,000 
  • Pearl Park Music,  Pearl Park Music Festival $7,000 
  • Korumburra Business Association,  Southern Lights Festival $9,000 
  • St Paul’s Catholic Social Club, Mirboo North Italian Festa $4,000 
  • Foster & District Agricultural Society Inc., new Show brochures  $1,800 

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