The Mirror News


A TOTAL of 26 local organisations, sporting clubs and facilities are celebrating huge ‘Christmas bonuses’ and a great start to the new year, following their successful submissions in Round One of South Gippsland Shire Council’s Community Grants Program.

The awards ceremony, held last Wednesday night at the Council Chambers, saw $142,180 distributed amongst the thrilled recipients

The Community Grants Program aims to support community initiatives that enhance the quality of life, heritage, recreation and cultural opportunities for South Gippsland residents.

All applications were assessed under categories comprising of Minor Projects and Equipment; Celebrations, Festivals and Events; Major Projects and Planning and Development Studies.

Council’s Co-ordinator Grants/Emergency Management Penni Ellicott said it was promising to see the funding being used for a range of different projects and improvements across the municipality.

“Council undertakes a competitive assessment process to ensure that all applications for the Community Grants Program meet the relevant criteria, benefit the community and make a positive impact.

“A number of strong applications were received this year and Council is pleased to have distributed the first round of funding to the applicants so they can start to implement their proposed project or purchase necessary equipment,” said Ms Ellicott.

Applications for Round Two of the Community Grants are being accepted until March 31. Community groups or organisations wanting to submit an application for Round Two can apply through Council’s website at

Successful Round One applicants include:

  • $1500 to the Foster Football Netball Club for an IT upgrade;
  • $4000 to the Foster Showground Committee of Management for a ride-on mower;
  • $7000 to the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre Committee of Management for the covered area to the rear of existing hall project;
  • $1800 to the Foster Cricket Club for the installation of hot water to the Club rooms;
  • $4300 to the Prom Coast Arts Council Inc. for the Asanti African Drum and Dance Project;
  • $2500 to the Fish Creek Community Garden for a self-sufficient watering system;
  • $10,000 to the Toora Netball Club Inc. for a new playground;
  • $10,000 to the Toora Recreation Reserve Committee of Management for a new machinery shed;
  • $10,000 to the Arthur Sutherland Recreation Reserve Committee of Management for the Welshpool Recreation Reserve kitchen upgrade;
  • $5000 to the Meeniyan Tourism and Traders Association for the Gippsland Garlic Festival;
  • $5000 to the Tarwin Lower and District Bowls Club for the Tarwin Bowls Club Goes Green project;
  • $3300 to the Venus Bay Community Centre Inc. for the Venus Bay Community centre garden and ground improvement project;
  • $2000 to the Venus Bay Lifesaving Club for a jet ski;
  • $10,000 to the Leongatha Lyric Theatre Inc. for the Stage Two Theatre Seating Upgrade;
  • $9000 to the Leongatha Cricket Club Turf Committee for Stage Two of the Major Surface Upgrade to the Leongatha Recreation Reserve main oval;
  • $5000 to the Southern Business Women’s Network Inc. for ‘A Day of Inspiration – Grow, Educate, Connect’ event ;
  • $4500 to the Nerrena Landcare Group for the Black Spur Creek Wetlands Consultation and Planning Project;
  • $5000 to the St. Paul’s Catholic Social Club Inc. for the Mirboo North Italian Fiesta;
  • $5000 to the Walter J. Tuck Reserve, Mirboo North for the removal of trees;
  • $9580 to the Milpara Community House Inc. for the Korumburra Skate Park planning project’
  • $2000 to the Korumburra Botanic Park Advisory Committee for the construction of a small carpark;
  • $5000 to the Korumburra Gun Club for the retrofit of Club kitchen;
  • $1200 to the South Gippsland Singers Inc. for a new keyboard;
  • $7500 to the Kongwak Public Hall Inc. for the Kongwak Hall electrical upgrade;
  • $7000 to the Nyora Recreation Reserve Committee for the Master Plan review; and
  • $5000 to the Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak Cricket Club for the Review and Update of Master Plan.


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