THERE were smiles all around in South Gippsland Shire Council Chambers last Wednesday evening for the 2014/2015 Community Grants Round One Presentation.
CEO Tim Tamlin and mayor Cr Jeanette Harding welcomed representatives of 28 community organisations from across the shire, saying that they would be sharing in more than $146,000 in community grants in this first round of grants, with a total of $300,000 to be allocated during the 2014/2015 financial year.
“This is the most direct way Council can support community groups to realise their dreams,” Cr Harding said, pointing out that over the last eleven years a total of $2.7 million has been distributed through the community grants program.
She said that Council was very appreciative of the efforts of the hundreds of volunteers who work in the community. She thanked them and grants officer Penni Ellicott and said she looked forward to seeing the various projects come to fruition.
Cr Harding congratulated the successful grant applicants and urged them to encourage other community members to apply for grants, noting that assistance for applications is always available from the grants officer.
Applications for the second and final round of community grants close March 31.
Cr Harding and her fellow councillors took turns handing out information packages to the successful applicants in the first round of grant allocations. They include:
- $2000 to Stockyard Gallery for the Life Aquatic art exhibition, to open on February 8, 2015;
- $3000 to Foster & District Historical Society for ‘Prom Country – A History,’ a book celebrating the 40th anniversary of Foster Museum and the lives of the people of Prom Country district;
- $10,000 to Foster Station Park Advisory Committee for the Great Southern Sculpture Garden, an installation of public art in the community park;
- $4000 to Toora Pool Committee for a replacement inflatable;
- $2000 to Prom Coast Arts Council towards the Great Southern Portrait Prize;
- $2000 to Prom Coast Sea Change Festival Committee towards the 2015 Prom Coast Sea Change Festival to be held over the last two weekends in April 2015;
- $1900 to Tarwin Valley Development Group for a photo-story competition, ‘Heroes of Tarwin,’ which identifies, documents and promotes the characters, contributors and leaders of the Tarwin Valley, the exhibitions to be shown at the Venus Bay Community Centre, Meeniyan Art Gallery and Fish Creek Pub;
- $3000 to Leongatha Horticultural Society for the Leongatha Daffodil & Floral Show and Australian Daffodil Championship and South Gippsland Spring Floral Festival in September 2015;
- $8580 to Dumbalk Recreation Reserve committee of management for the development of a master plan;
- $10,000 to Leongatha Cricket Clubs Turf Committee for a major surface upgrade to the Leongatha Recreation Reserve main oval;
- $1000 to Leongatha Knights Football Club Inc for equipment for the soccer club;
- $3000 to Leongatha Town Cricket Club for a fairway mower;
- $10,000 to Leongatha Football Netball Club for a kitchen upgrade;
- $10,000 to Leongatha Table Tennis Club to replace the exterior wall cladding and flashing;
- $3500 to Woorayl Golf Club for installation of solar power;
- $4000 to Mirboo North Kindergarten for installation of solar panels for sustainability;
- $1800 to Mirboo Recreation Reserve Committee for an on-site equipment shed;
- $8000 to Mirboo North Pool Planning Committee for a study into the feasibility of a tourism/recreational hub based around the pool;
- $9000 to Tarwin Football Netball Club for the installation of solar panels;
- $6435 to Koonwarra Recreation Committee Inc. for the development of a master plan for the Koonwarra Recreation Reserve;
- $2000 to the Arty Gras Committee for the Mirboo North Arty Gras Festival;
- $1500 to West Gippsland Zone of Pony Club for the Young Ambassador Program;
- $10,000 to the Loch Reserve Committee Inc for extensions to the front of the building at the Loch Reserve;
- $10,000 to Nyora Recreation Reserve for sewer connection;
- $2750 to Poowong Loch Cricket Club for upgrade of the practice wickets;
- $10,000 to Korumburra Cricket Club for purchase of a new turf roller and mower;
- $2000 to Korumburra & District Agricultural and Pastoral Society for the celebration of Korumburra’s 120th show;
- $5000 to Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak Cricket Club for a ground mower for Outtrim Recreation Reserve.