MEMBER for McMillan Russell Broadbent pulled up outside the Corner Inlet Men’s Shed in his campaign bus (Russ Bus?) last Friday and officially presented the Corner Inlet Men’s Shed Group with funding of $5000 for a new ride-on mower.
“The group is responsible for the mowing of 5½ acres of lawn, located on the northern side of the shed, and the mower will make it much easier to manage,” said Corner Inlet Men’s Shed co-ordinator Graeme Green.
The funding was provided through the Volunteer Grants Program 2015, via the Department of Social Services.
As the program is not widely publicised, Mr Broadbent sends out letters to various not-for-profit organisations each year to raise awareness of the availability of funding to those who fit the criteria.
Over 70 organisations throughout the electorate shared in $242,953 of funding this year via the program, including:
- Foster RSL – $2200;
- Fish Creek Community Garden – $2000;
- Sandy Point Surf Lifesaving Club – $5000
- Venus Bay CERT – $4500;
- Tarwin Lower Men’s Shed – $1400.
The annual grants of between $1000 and $5000 are for the purchase of small equipment items, contributing towards the cost of training courses and background checks, and to help to reimburse volunteers for the cost of their fuel or transport
“Volunteers play a critical role in helping shape Australia and building stronger and more resilient communities,” Mr Broadbent said.
For information on the Volunteer Grants Program, visit www.dss.gov.au/grants/grants/funding