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Community bank settles the dust

Mens shed 2010-06-23

Oscar Morris watches Anton Rolls turning chair components on the wood lathe at Corner Inlet Men’s Shed. Dust extraction and air filtering mecha- nisms funded by Toora Community Bank are almost ready to be hooked up, providing a safer atmosphere.

MEMBERS of both Corner Inlet Men’s Shed and Corner Inlet Wood- workers are very grate- ful to T oora Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank for a $1,757 Com- munity Enterprise grant that has enabled the purchase and installa- tion of two ceiling mounted air filters that empty dust extractors at- tached to lathes at their workshop in T oora Road Foster.

The vast majority of the grant was spent locally via D & L Patton’s of Yar- ram (dust extractors) and at Whatley’s Hard- ware Toora (pipe fittings).

The Men’s Shed Committee is also de- lighted that the Commu- nity Bank is considering matching the group’s own funds in an effort to obtain a South Gipps- land Shire Council com- munity grant, which if successful would be used in turn to leverage additional funding via the State Government’s Men’s Shed program.

The more business that the Community Bank (which has branches in T oora and Foster) obtains, the greater the amount of Community Enterprise funding available to be passed on to worthy community projects that stimulate a combination of social benefits and the local economy.

The Department of Planning and Commu- nity Development Men’s Shed funding program has been announced much earlier than usual this year, with applica- tions for up to $50,000 opening June 11 and closing Wednesday July 21.


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