COMMUNITY rage over rate rises was put aside last Wednesday night as shire councillors and CEO Tim Tamlin joined with community members in an evening of happy celebration. The occasion? The announcement of the successful applicants in Council’s second round of community grants for the 2012-13 financial year.
Over the past nine years South Gippsland Shire Council has handed out over $2 million in grant funding to the community. Last Wednesday Council handed out a total of $137,000 in grant funding to 44 community recipients, representing community groups and organisations across the shire, from Poowong to Welshpool.
Mayor Kieran Kennedy congratulated the successful applicants, thanked Council’s grants officer Penni Ellicott for all her hard work, and reminded the grant recipients to abide by the conditions of their grants as set out in their information packs.
Grant recipients in the South Gippsland Shire Council Community Grants Round 2 for 2012-13 are as follows:
- Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival $5,000;
- Fish Creek Bowls Club Inc. $10,000 for refurbishment of the men’s toilets;
- Foster Cricket Club $2,500 for a new mower;
- Foster Showgrounds Committee of Management $3500 to upgrade the Robbie Allen Pavilion;
- Friends of Agnes Falls Inc. $7,425 for the Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve Economic Analysis Study;
- Meeniyan Tourism and Traders Association $2,000 for Meeniyan on Fire street festival;
- Toora and District Community Progress Association Inc. $10,000 for a Toora Community Hub and Gippsland Dairy Museum Feasibility Study;
- Welshpool & District Advisory Group $9,000 for a Business Plan for the Welshpool Community Opportunity Shop and Nursery;
- Waratah Bay Community Association $9,240 for the Waratah Bay Strategic Foreshore Plan;
- South Gippsland Bridge Club Inc. $1,000 for annual congress;
- South Gippsland Shire Brass Band $1,000 for learners’ instruments;
- South Coast Active Communities $1,500 for Connect Local Communities to be Active – Phase 2;
- South Gippsland Tourist Railway $10,000 for Korumburra track, signage and pedestrian underpass upgrade;
- Tarwin Lower Recreation Reserve Committee of Management $6,600 for a master plan;
- Tarwin Valley Campdraft Club $10,000 for functions building (viewing shed) at Dumbalk;
- Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute Hall $2,500 for installation of a 27,900 litre polypropylene water tank;
- Beach and River Business Association $3,000 for ‘Inspirations by the Bay’ art, photography and craft show;
- Leongatha Recreation Reserve Committee $8,700 for enlargement of storage dams for irrigation of the reserve;
- Leongatha Town Cricket Club $10,000 for drainage and turf wicket;
- Leongatha Courthouse Section 86 Committee $1,000 for courthouse chairs;
- The South Gippsland Singers Inc $1,000 for Music for the 21st Century;
- Korumburra City Soccer Club $4,900 for removable goal posts;
- Mirboo North Swimming Pool Section 86 Committee of Management $1,000 for a drive-in movie and pool party;
- Mirboo Recreation Reserve Inc. $3,500 for installation of a sink;
- Poowong Recreation Reserve $1,975 towards a master plan;
- Poowong Public Hall Inc $7,000 for refurbishment of the toilets/change room;
- Poowong Historical Group $3,000 for replacement of the Poowong Pioneer Chapel Fence.
- Under the new Small Equipment Program, grants were also presented to the following:
- Stockyard Gallery $1,900 for replacement of a laptop and updating software;
- Meeniyan Recreation Reserve $4,250 for out front mower;
- Leongatha Junior Football Club $2,560 for purchase of two new stretchers;
- Leongatha Men’s Shed $3,200 for carpentry tools;
- Mirboo North Golf Club $2,750 to upgrade a Kobota rough cutter;
- Nyora Recreation Reserve Committee $5,000 for Jayzee Pro semi-commercial ride-on lawn mower.